The Sailrocket team are aiming for a speed sailing record with the launch of Vestas Sailrocket 2
During the last 15 months, the Sailrocket team has been building a better, safer and above all faster boat in Vestas Technology R&D’s facilities on the Isle of Wight. Now Vestas Sailrocket 2 will be launched to the public for the first time.
“Since we started pursuing the Outright World Speed Sailing Record nine years ago, the record has been raised by exactly 9 knots. The current record holders, the kite surfers, have taken it out of the reach of all the previous contenders and it is going to take a very special boat to get it back. Vestas Sailrocket 2 is a boat that aims high. The only satisfactory outcome for us is the outright record,” Paul Larsen, pilot and project leader from the Sailrocket 2 team said.
“Many lessons have been learned since the first Sailrocket was launched in 2004. The first boat shows the scars of the many learning processes we have been through over the years. In the end it performed as predicted; although she briefly emerged as the fastest boat in the world, she never achieved the Outright record title. The record was like a mirage: as we got faster, so did the record.”
“We learnt a lot with the first boat. The recent performance of the kite surfers vindicated our decision to build a new boat. I’m confident that Sailrocket 2 has the potential to take the record to new levels.”
Vestas Sailrocket 2 will be launched on 8 March at Venture Quays, in East Cowes. Both Sailrocket boats will be shown to the public.
For more info, visit www.sailrocket.com.
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