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Planet Sail Episode 18: Speed Freaks

by Matt Sheahan 1 May 23:07 PDT
PlanetSail - Speed Freaks - OnCourse Ep 18 © PlanetSail

The speed story continues as the Swiss SP80 campaign based at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne gets closer to launching its radical speed machine. If it looked ambitious in the previous episode, the real version is wild.

But the Swiss aren't the only ones rolling a high speed weapon out of their shed - the Kiwis are getting close to doing the same in their attempt at setting a new land speed record. We find out why they think charging across a dried up salt lake is a good way to prepare for a defence of the America's Cup in 2024.

And with that in mind, Emirates Team New Zealand has also just launched its green powered foiling racer chaser, the first of a new breed of support boats that are now compulsory for Cup teams.

Plus, fifteen minutes, one million dollars, how the Season 2 closer for SailGP staged in San Francisco played out.

We also take a look at the latest America's Cup news. And on a different tack, we take a first taste of a fresh Oyster as PlanetSail is the first aboard the eagerly awaited Oyster 495.

00:46 SP80 Speed campaign
04:32 Emirates Team New Zealand land speed record
11:25 Docktalk Part 1
14:52 SailGP - $1million race - Final San Francisco
15:34 ETNZ Hydrogen powered chase boat
17:10 America's Cup news
19:10 Docktalk Part 2
22:19 Oyster 495 First Look

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