Please select your home edition
Edition
InSunSport - International - RG

Sailrocket 2 - Waiting for the wind + short video

by Paul Larsen on 24 Oct 2011
Vestas Sailrocket 2 Vestas Sailrocket - copyright http://www.sailrocket.com
The team behind the Vestas Sailrocket 2 program have returned to Walvis Bay in Namibia to continue their quest to set the outright world speed sailing record.

Paul Larsen:

Well no joy sailing wise over the past few days I'm afraid. Yesterday it blew when it wasn't supposed to and today it didn't when it was. Other than that we have had some pretty light conditions.

We took the opportunity to re-skin the wing where it needed it. We are also putting on a superior heat shrink film from HIFI films. It's both thinner (therefore lighter) and stronger than the previous stuff. We did a couple of small repairs inside the wing and also worked on making all the seals between the section much more efficient. I think this should give us a nice kick along.

Nick touched up the tip of the foil after the damage we did when we used it as a plough at the end of the last run. Helena has been working hard on editing up all the videos. She came across this piece on the camera we use to look at the Tacktick wind instruments on the shore. We thought it was pretty funny so made a short video out of it...



Helena has also made a beauty which Adam took on the last run. Hopefully we can post it soon.

We have started fitting some of the fairings on the boat and am looking forward to our next runs, especially now that we can take passengers. I can also start getting Helena in the drivers seat.

We will stay on full-standby every day this week. Tuesday's forecast looks like the big one. Let's hope it delivers.

Cheers, Paul.

Sailrocket 2 website
T Clewring J-classSouthern Spars - 100Naiad/Oracle Supplier

Related Articles

Hydrofoil ProTour San Francisco – On progress...
Progress, it doesn't come easy or fast but when you least expect it. Sometimes it doesn't seem to come at all. Progress, it doesn't come easy or fast but when you least expect it. Sometimes it doesn't seem to come at all despite everything you'd hoped for. The important thing, is to keep moving forward.
Posted today at 3:07 pm
Best pictures of the first 4 Acts of the Extreme Sailing Series™
An influx of fresh talent have all added to the hype, but the greatest evolution is the replacement of the Extreme 40. An influx of fresh talent, new venues and a revised race format have all added to the hype, but the greatest evolution is the replacement of the Extreme 40 by a smaller, faster catamaran: the flying GC32.
Posted today at 1:34 pm
Return to Russia for the Extreme Sailing Series™
Joining the fleet as the season heads into its second half is Gazprom Team Russia, led by WMRT champion, Phil Robertson. With one week to go, the fleet returns to St Petersburg for the fifth Act of the season, presented by SAP, 35 of the world’s best sailors are getting their heads in the game and preparing for the one of the trickiest venues of the season so far.
Posted today at 12:58 pm
Marshall and Doyle tied on points at J/22 World Championship
By way of a victory in Wednesday’s third race, Mike Marshall, Todd Hiller and Luke Lawrence are tied at 30 points By way of a victory in Wednesday’s third race, Mike Marshall, Todd Hiller and Luke Lawrence are tied at 30 points with Chris Doyle, Will Harris and Adam Burns. Jeff Todd is still in the hunt in third place with 35 points.
Posted on 24 Aug
Debriefing the 2016 Rio Olympics—Sailing news North America and beyond
Editorial Editorial
Posted on 23 Aug
The Clipper Race turns 20!
Throughout the race, tales of crew celebrating birthdays on board filter back and they are always a special occasion Throughout the race, tales of Clipper Race crew celebrating their birthdays on board filter back and they are always a special occasion, likely to remain a completely unique event in their lifetime.
Posted on 23 Aug
A magnificent fleet gathers in Cowes for Etchells World Championship
58 teams from all over the world have entered the championship, hosted by the Royal London Yacht Club. Twenty teams are from Great Britain and a dozen each from Australia and the United States of America. Four entries are from Hong Kong and as far afield as: Bermuda, Ireland, New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore, and the United Arab Emirates.
Posted on 22 Aug
FAST40+ Class to be the first to have honour of racing for One Ton Cup
14 FAST40+ racing yachts are expected, flying the flags of England, Germany, Ireland, Scotland, South Africa and the USA 14 high performance FAST40+ racing yachts are expected for the One Ton Cup, flying the flags of England, Germany, Ireland, Scotland, South Africa and the United States of America. The crew, of which only five can be professionals, come from countries all over the world.
Posted on 22 Aug
Ladkin and Hauser crowned Pacasmayo Classic Champions!
On Friday evening, riders and spectators gathered by the pool at the El Faro Adventure Resorts for the awards ceremony. On Friday evening as the sun set over the pacific, riders and spectators gathered by the pool at the El Faro Adventure Resorts for the awards ceremony.
Posted on 22 Aug
Noroton Yacht Club dominates Hinman Trophy Team Race
Sailors often say it’s the little things that make the difference between winning and lose. 2016 Hinman Trophy Team Race - Sailors often say it’s the little things that make the difference between winning and lose. This was the case for Noroton Yacht Club as they won the Invitational Team Race Regatta for the Commodore George R. Hinman Masters Trophy for the second straight year, though maybe not in the way you’d expect.
Posted on 22 Aug