Popular British yachting website www.sail-world.com today published “improved and more detailed” video of the finding by the Australian Paul Larsen in the Bay of Walvis Bay in Namibia the record under a sail – overwhelming 65.45 node (121,06 kilometers per hour).
The video is certainly interesting, and worth a look. Just keep in mind that this record was set not yesterday or the day before yesterday, late in the fall of 2012.
Therefore something is definitely worth a recall.
To this record (and also to another – 55,32 node in delivering nautical mile) Larsen walked almost ten years. Together with like-minded people created a ship called the Vestas Sailrocket and so I experimented, and then he was replaced by Vestas Sailrocket-2. More than a strange building. But effective.
Weight was 275 kg. Length – 12,2 m. Here then, in 2012, about Vestas Sailrocket-2 wrote the magazine “Popular mechanics”:
“…The body is made of carbon with the use of titanium elements… the Main task facing the designers, Vestas Sailrocket 2, has been the development of a perfect aerodynamic profile. To start, the boat needs the wind blowing at an angle of 90 degrees to the line of motion. When driving breaking away from the hull of the boat, the wind currents are directed to the sail, adding to the “natural” wind and additionally accelerating Vestas Sailrocket 2. That is, the faster it moves, the more energy she gets.”
But why Larsen (who recently turned 50 years) suddenly decided to remind about themselves and their offspring, giving the British website “better and more detailed” video of the record attempt?
About it is anyone’s guess. Maybe Aussie built something new and again wants to surprise the world with incredible records?larsenmyselfreminded