sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : Sailrocket 2 punching through 54 knots

Sailrocket 2 punching through 54 knots

'VESTAS Sailrocket 2 in action'    Vestas Sailrocket - copyright

Vestas Sailrocket 2 and her intrepid crew continue their quest to set the outright world speed sailing record, in Walvis Bay Namibia.

Paul Larsen:

Hi all, just a quick one to say that we have punched through 54 knots, 62 mph and 100 kmh. The fun part is that we did it two up and Vestas Sailrocket 2 was far from optimally trimmed.

It was a wild ride. The day was quite unsettled but I decided to make the most of it and take Adam from Wired USA for a shot in the back seat. We have never sailed two up before. VSR2 struggled to get started but once she found her feet... WHOOSKA!

It was a crazy ride that took me...well... I'll do the full update tomorrow. I just saw the photos and they are wild. Adam had the ride of his life. In 1 ride he's been as fast as I've ever been.

This boat will do the business. It WILL beat the current world record. I know that now. The question is how much we can get out of it.

Triple rum and cokes in a pint glass are the drinks for a new best speed.

So where are we with the new foil? I don't know... all I know is that it's fast. There is so much to tell about that last full-on run.

Update to follow... everyone is sitting here madly downloading data, HD video footage and photo's... and slurping on rum. We are still sailors remember.

Cheers, Paul.

Back to the 50 knot lab... Wed, 19 Oct 11 11:54

Today is shaping up nicely as we climb into our Musto drysuits and prepare to launch Vestas Sailrocket 2 one more time. The skies and seas are crystal clear and the wind is already gusting over 20 knots as it swings into the SW where it will lock in to it's normal 105 degree TWA to the course.

Nick is flying back in from the UK but will arrive a bit late, Dave is flying out and just said his goodbyes... and Wally has been sub'd in to help out. Wally takes his work very seriously. He told us he got a sweater for his birthday... but he prefers screamers! Hurry up Nick;)

The idea for today is to do a repeat of the previous days sailing and simply collect more data points. I will also try to sail some slightly different courses to the wind to see how the foil responds under different loads... and to see how accurately the onboard wind data can record these subtle differences.

If all goes well I hope to be able to take a passenger for a ride for the first time.

Hopefully we will get some top end conditions around 25-30 to see how the boat goes then. We may be very close to a 'tipping point' for this foil where a whole new speed range will open up. It's hard to know for sure where we are at right now which is why the 'brains trust' want more solid evidence.

We have also been advised to bring the high speed sheeting angle in by 3 degrees to 7.

So back to the lab. Gotta go now.

Let's see what happens.

Cheers, Paul.

Vestas Sailrocket 2 website




by Paul Larsen

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=89789

4:47 AM Thu 20 Oct 2011 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.


News - USA and the World

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 CEO Knut Frostad talks (Part III) *Feature by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,


Audi Melges 20 World Championship - ‘Samba Pa Ti’ crowned champion by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,










Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Final race to decide champion by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,










Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show - 13 things to See and do by Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show,




Volvo Ocean Race: Update from Team Vestas Wind in images by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,








Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Classic Garda conditions on day 2 by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,
























Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Alessandro Rombelli's 'STIG' leads by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,








PWA Alacati World Cup - Exciting finish on day 2
Match 40s find the surface again + Video
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Day 1 images by Max Ranchi
Clagett Regatta names first Executive Director
Transatlantic Race - Fleet expanded for 2015 edition
IFDS World Championship overall
Anna Tunnicliffe: Alinghi finishes second - Extreme Sailing Series
2014 18' Skiff International Regatta - Day 2
2014 Audi Melges 20 World Championship - It's go time in Garda
2nd Annual Keith Dinsmoor Regatta September 13-14
Aldo Alessio Regatta - Three days of tight racing
PWA Alacati World Cup - First blood to Van Der Steen and Offringa
Oakcliff Sailing hosts the Nacra 17, 49er and 49erFX Nationals + Video
International 18ft Skiff Regatta underway on San Francisco Bay
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2014 - Quality fleet for Maxi Classic
Sailing Champions League - which is Europe's best sailing club?
Weta fun at the Wine & Roses Regatta
Extreme Sailing Series: The Wave, Muscat claims victory on Cardiff Bay
International 14 World Championships 2015: Not just for boys
Rio de Janeiro achieves 50% treatment of sewage outflow *Feature
2014 AWT Quatro Desert Showdown - Event memorable videos   
2014 18' Skiff Int Regatta: Day 1 at San Francisco - Reversal on beach   
Emirates Team NZ: Last race boost cannot save team from table bottom   
PWA Alacati World Cup - Furious slalom is upon us   
J/111 World Championships - The Winner is Shmokin Joe!   
J/24 US National Championship - Victory for Will Welles’ Cougar   
Extreme Sailing Series: View the Final Day's action - Replay   
NYYC Grandmasters Team Race - Reign continues for Noroton Yacht Club   
WSSR announces new World Record Around Britain and Ireland   
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Final day photos by Tim Wilkes   
2014 Detroit Cup - Morvan wins   
Newport Bucket Regatta 2014 -Images by George Bekris   
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Final report: USA qualifies for Rio 2016   
Extreme Sailing Series: Absent With-Out Leave – Ben Ainslie Racing   
2014 IFDS World Championship - New champions claim medals   
2014 IFDS World Championships - Sunday’s race images by Tim Wilkes   
Shark World Championships underway in Toronto   
Anna Tunnicliffe: Alinghi second o'all - Extreme Sailing Series, Day 3   
Formula Kite World Championships - Nocher and Bridge crowned Champions   
Emirates Team NZ: Frustrating Day 3 in Extreme Sailing Series, Cardiff   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT