Please select your home edition
Edition
Zhik Dinghy Wetsuits

Time is running out for Vestas Sailrocket's record attempt

by Paul Larsen on 14 Apr 2009
Vestas SailRocket on 26/02/09 when Larsen did a 44.02 knot 500 metre run and a peak of around 46. Vestas Sailrocket - copyright http://www.sailrocket.com

Latest news from the Vestas Sailrocket Team on Tuesday 14 April. The Sailrocket Team is attempting to break the record for the Outright Fastest in the world of speed sailing at Walvis Bay in Namibia.

'Once again a great looking forecast has evaporated away from us like a mirage. This morning when I checked out the forecast I was left feeling sick.

Our record period runs out on the 16th i.e. in a few days and what was set to be a great weather finale yesterday... has dropped away drastically today. We can extend to the 20th and of course we will do this. It means that we will be sailing at low tide and this means that the Nautical mile course will not be an option. It looks like that which seemed so easy has evaded us.

We haven't been very fortunate with the weather over the past two months. We have had a few good days mind you. The crash really hurt us in this respect as we were still 're-dialling' the boat in when the good days were here. Well she's dialled in now. We are all here and ready to roll at a moments notice... but... no joy. This is/was set to be the last-hurrah for this boat, it's final shot at the title.

Of course I can't leave it like this. There is a world record sitting inside its battle scarred structure and I want to see it realised. If we are denied this time then we will have to re-group somehow and move forward. I think of how far we have come and how close we are. All those hard yards cannot be left to waste.

For months I have had the vision of a record run foremost in my mind. I constantly cycle through all aspects of it from the many 'hats' I wear in this project. I think what it means to me personally, to the others around, to the future aspirations of the team/project etc. Well this mornings forecast was the point where the scales tipped to favour disappointment. Once again, there is nothing we can do but sit and wait for any option that might present itself. The forecast could swing the other way and we will remain 100% reactive until the last gasp.

Come on Walvis... get your breath back!!! '

Paul Larsen
http://www.sailrocket.com
Colligo Marine 660x82Bakewell-White Yacht DesignAncasta Ker 40+ 660x82

Related Articles

Indispensable Sunscreen Tips
This is the second part of a three-article series on sailors and the sun This is the second part of a three-article series on sailors and the sun Dr. Steve Horwitz has been an active PHRF, Lightning and Etchells sailor for quite awhile. While most sailors on Biscayne Bay are used to seeing him at the helm of Widespread Panic, he crewed for years before he became a dermatologist.
Posted on 26 Apr 2009
Skin Cancer - the Reality of being a Fair-Skinned Sailor
'One of the first skin cancer screenings was during 2001/02 stopover for the Volvo Ocean Race,' said Dr. Steve Horwitz 'One of the first skin cancer screenings that I did at a regatta was during the 2001/02 Miami stopover for the Volvo Ocean Race,' said Dr. Steve Horwitz. Steve is sailing’s skin doctor. He has been practicing dermatology in Miami for over three decades and has been sailing on Biscayne Bay for longer
Posted on 24 Apr 2009
Vestas Sailrocket - Out of time and at the bitter end
We did all we could as the weather once again played games with us. Vestas Sailrocket is attempting to break the World Sailing Speed record on Walvis Bay in Namibia. Their time period for attempting this record has come to an end. Latest from Paul Larsen. We did all we could as the weather once again played games with us.
Posted on 20 Apr 2009
Curtain raised on the new l’Hydroptère.ch
l’Hydroptère.ch the new lab boat will be a trial platform on a reduced scale for the future Hydroptère maxi On Wednesday during a press conference organized in Lausanne, on the campus of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, which is the scientific adviser of the project, Alain Thébault and a part of his team unveiled the drawings of l’Hydroptère.ch
Posted on 18 Apr 2009
Vestas Sailrocket record attempt - And the answer is ...
Did we or didn't we???? We did a 45.68 knot 500 meter average and peaked at 47.6 something... Did we or didn't we???? As I sit here writing this and stuffing a basic chicken and cheese roll nto my mouth, Helena sits down the other end of the container trying to work out if we just broke the nautical mile record or not. I know it was close... We did a 45.68 knot 500 meter average and peaked at 47.6 something...
Posted on 10 Apr 2009
Vestas Sailrocket posts second fastest nautical mile run on record
Yesterday Vestas Sailrocket effortlessly posted the second fastest nautical mile run ever. Yesterday Vestas Sailrocket effortlessly posted the second fastest nautical mile run ever. Whilst yesterday was a bit light to hit top speeds, conditions were pretty ideal to ramp up the check-out of Vestas Sailrocket in preparation for what is to come...
Posted on 1 Apr 2009
Yacht Racing Design and Technology Symposium for 2009
Organisers of the World Yacht Racing Forum have announced the addition of a Yacht Racing Design & Technology Symposium Informa Yacht Group, organisers of the World Yacht Racing Forum have announced the addition of the Yacht Racing Design & Technology Symposium to run parallel to this year’s Forum, 9-10 December at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco.
Posted on 1 Apr 2009
New World Speed Record- Macquarie Innovation breaks 50 - hits 54 knots
Simon McKeon and Tim Daddo leapt back into the history books Thursday when Macquarie Innovation averaged 50.43 knots Australian sailors Simon McKeon and Tim Daddo leapt back into the history books Thursday night when Macquarie Innovation powered down the Sandy Point speed course, near Wilsons Promontory in Victoria, at an average speed of 50.43 knots
Posted on 28 Mar 2009
Cowes Week to go ahead without sponsor
It’s business as usual for the world’s oldest and largest sailing regatta, Cowes Week It’s business as usual for the world’s oldest and largest sailing regatta, Cowes Week. The team at Cowes Week Limited, the organisation behind the world famous event, announced today that despite no new title sponsor being signed to date, they want sailors and spectators alike to rest assured the regatta will sail ahead as usual
Posted on 23 Mar 2009
Unlucky Friday 13th crash for Vestas SailRocket and Paul Larsen
Vestas SailRocket crashed at high speed and injuries to Paul Larsen, while attempting a world record run On Friday the 13th, the Vestas SailRocket team scheduled another world record attempt, which resulted in Vestas Sailrocket crashing at high speed and injuries to Paul Larsen. Larsen was hospitalised, but later released. Larsen was shaken but is determined to carry on.
Posted on 16 Mar 2009