Paul Larsen recalled himself
The popular British yacht site www.sail-world.com today published an “improved and more detailed” video of the Australian setting Paul Larsen in Walvis Bay in Namibia, the absolute record for sailing – 65.45 knots (121.06 kilometers per hour).
The video is certainly interesting and worth a look. It’s only necessary to take into account that, in fact, this record was not set yesterday or the day before yesterday, but in the late autumn of 2012.
In this connection, something is certainly worth recalling.
To this record (and also to another one – 55.32 knots in the race for the nautical mile) Larsen walked for almost ten years. Together with like-minded people, he created a vessel called Vestas Sailrocket and experimented with it for a long time, and then it was replaced by Vestas Sailrocket-2. More than a strange structure. But effective.
The weight of the structure was 275 kg. Length – 12.2 m. Here is what then, in 2012, the Vestas Sailrocket-2 wrote in the magazine Popular Mechanics:
“… The body is made of carbon using titanium elements … The main challenge facing the designers of Vestas Sailrocket 2 was to develop the ideal aerodynamic profile. To start the boat needs a wind blowing at an angle of 90 degrees to the line of movement. When moving, the wind flows breaking from the hull of the boat are directed to the sail, folding with the "natural" wind and further accelerating the Vestas Sailrocket 2. That is, the faster it moves, the more energy it gets. "
But why did Larsen (who recently turned 50) suddenly decided to remind himself and his brainchild of providing the British site with an “improved and more detailed” video of a record attempt?
One can only guess about this. Or maybe the Australian has built something new and wants to surprise the world with incredible records again?
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