Three years ago in Namibia’s Walvis Bay, VESTAS first Sailrocket hit speeds of 52 knots. It holds the class B record, but doesn’t hold an outright record as it flipped over before it could master enough speed.
Now the team is back and they’re ready to put things right with their brand new Sailrocket 2. The record speed has increased by 9 knots since the team set their sights on it in 2003, so it’ll take quite a bit of work to get them where they want to go.
Their would-be-record-breaker of a boat has a main fuselage that is angled at 20 degrees, and will reduce the drag and instability of the boat during high speeds.
According to the team, the boat has an equivalent aerodynamic drag of 74cm in diameter sphere, and its asymmetrical wings measure an area of 22m2. Everything that has been done to the boat has been done to prepare it for Walvis Bay’s exacting requirements.
This April saw the launch of the VESTAS Sailrocket 2 in the Isle of Wight; it’s now in Namibia and has just under 28 days to better the current world record.
If you want to check how the Sailrocket is getting on with its World Sailing Speed Record Council attempt, you can go online to its official website and track its progress.