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

 

Sail-World.com : Boat plane takes aim at world speed record

Boat plane takes aim at world speed record

'5th March 2011. Cowes. Uk. Pictures of the new Vestas Sailrocket 2. Shown here as the speed record yacht leaves the build shed. Credit: Lloyd Images'    Lloyd Images ©
The Vestas Sailrocket 2 is built for one purpose - to smash the world speed record. The team, headed by Australian sailor Paul Larsen, has designed a boat that performs like a boat in the water, and an aeroplane above it.

'A large part of this boat is flying, it's supported by aerodynamics. When it's going at high speed, it's like a well-built paper aeroplane,' says Larson.

Sailrocket 2's rivals aren't boats - they're kite-surfers, who aren't bound by the limitations of boats, which rely on rudders.

Most boats become unstable at over 50 knots. Conventional rudders - or foils - begin to become unstable as water turns to vapour round on one side, causing unpredictable, and generally spectacular, loss of stability.

Sailrocket 2 'balances' the rudder against the sail, to achieve a sort of equilibrium.

Vestas Sailrocket 2 on the water. -  Vestas Sailrocket?nid=92664_- copyright  


'The boat is based on this whole new idea,' Larsen says. 'It's got no overturning forces. It's like someone trying to push you over by pushing at the soles of your feet.'

Sailrocket's last attempt on the record was in Namibia last year. But Larsen says that they may return as early as April 2012 to try again.

Sailrocket 2 was launched in April last year in East Cowes, Isle of Wight, UK - and rapidly sped towards its goal.
Within 23 days from launch, this radical and highly compromised, one-off prototype boat was hitting over 50 knots.

'The Sailrocket 2 is focused on making the breakthroughs necessary to overcome the conventional limits of high speed sailing. We didn't make the breakthrough we were looking for in 2011, but we are very definitely in the right laboratory with the right tools.'

The current world record is held by American kite surfer, Rob Douglas. It was set in Luderitz, Namibia and stands at 55.65 knots,64 mph.

More including video of this unique craft at sailrocket.com




by Media Services

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=92664

4:46 AM Sun 8 Jan 2012 GMT






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


News - USA and the World











420 World Championship - Singapore and Spain out front by 420 International Class Association,




















Lightning strikes cut short CFJ Nationals by Andy Kopetzky, Santa Monica Bay


















America's Cup: Group agrees to co-operate in London Meeting by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,












America's Cup: Alameda makes overtures on Venue hosting for San Fran *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,






Etchells Invitational Cup - Aussies take early lead in Cowes
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Antoine Albeau strikes back on day 4
Aquece Rio – International Sailing Regatta - All set for test event
ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 28 July 2014
29er World Championship - All set in Kingston
ORC World Championship - Third Course area opens for huge fleet
Day one of the Allen RS Feva World Championships
Anna Tunnicliffe On the Final two days of the Reebok CrossFit Games
Joachim Aschenbrenner takes gold at ISAF Youth Match Race Worlds 2014
Maxi Soh scores double wins in CMRC Summer Doubleheader
29er World Championship opening ceremonies in Confederation Park
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Action resumes on day 3
Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race Start 2014 VIDEO
Laser Radial Men’s World Championship 2014- Final day
2014 Pacific Cup - Scarlet Runner wins
Gladwell's Line: America's Cup - Joint Statement is a curious note *Feature
ISAF Youth Match Racing World Champ - Top four battle it out for final
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 6
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Wind teases competitors on day 2
Women’s Match Race Golfe du Morbihan - Action-packed day of racing
Herreshoff Marine Museum announces successful fundraising campaign   
Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - The most comprehensive victory yet   
Anna Tunnicliffe holds fourth at mid-point of Reebok CrossFit Games   
2014 29er North American Open Championship - Australians win   
INSA Sabot II Invitational Regatta - Erik Hou claims victory   
CMRC Summer Invitational Series - Maxi Soh wins Doubleheader A event   
International Moth World Championships - Nathan Outteridge wins   
International Moth Worlds - Victory for Nathan Outteridge + Video   
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - First blood to Toselli and Angulo   
Melges 24 Nationals - Record entries for 2014 and 2015 venue revealed   
Women’s Match Race Golfe du Morbihan - Anna Kjellberg claims the lead   
Jessica Uniack Memorial Beach to Bay Race at Long Beach YC   
Laser Radial Men’s World Championship - Poland tops the leaderboard   
America's Cup - Four teams confirm full support regardless of venue   
Plastic Classic takes place at Mariposa Hunters Point YC   
Six Metre European Championship - No champion declared for 2014   
J/Teams sail tough Chicago Mackinac Race   
Anna Tunnicliffe wins first event of Reebok Cross Fit Games + Video   
2014 Pacific Cup - Skill and luck required for victory   
Six Metre European Championship - Action resumes on day 4   


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