Vestas Sailrocket 2 breaks sailing speed record

Paul Larsen with Vestas Sailrocket 2 breaks sailing speed record, by reaching the smashing speed of 65.45 knots, on November 24.   Watch the record breaking video…

Images credit: Helena Darvelid/Vestas Sailrocket

Vestas Sailrocket 2 breaks sailing speed record

 

It’s the third time in eight days that Paul Larsen has piloted the VESTAS Sailrocket 2 to a new world record, succeeding the speed from 55.65 knots to 65.45 knots.

Larsen, is almost certain, to continue over the coming weeks the breaking of world records.

Vestas Sailrocket 2

“Since the team started with the first boat in 2002, the record has gone up by almost 9 knots or around 20%. We felt that the kite surfers were going to be the ones to watch. They proved us right last October by effectively taking the record beyond the capabilities of all the other contenders. In order to do the 500 meter long record course over 56 knots, you probably need to be hitting peak speeds around 60 knots. It would not be worth trying to build a very expensive and complex boat just to go a little quicker than a simple kite surfer for a year or two. The new boat had to do more than that to justify the all round effort.”

Vestas Sailrocket 2 breaks sailing speed record

 

Vestas Sailrocket 2

Vestas Sailrocket 2

The VESTAS Sailrocket 2 design

Vestas Sailrocket 2 wing
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