Sailrocket 2 - Waiting for the wind + short video
by Paul Larsen on 24 Oct 2011
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.
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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.
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