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Vestas Sailrocket is closing on the Hydropter record
VESTAS Sailrocket 2 posted her personal best time of 50.98 knots over a 500 meter course with a peak speed of 53 knots.
Whilst the team is still dialling in the boat, these times are unofficial (not ratified by the WSSRC who govern the sport). ..
The time puts VSR2 only 0.4 knots behind Hydroptere's best 500 meter time. This means Hydroptere is still the fastest sailing 'boat' in the world... but only just. The Outright record is still over 4.5 knots away. The team are aiming for over 60 knots so are still frustrated by these speeds in the low 50's.
Well I like a lot more the Hydropter that contrary to this sailing machine is an offshore boat with capacity to sail with waves.
Some recent footage of the Hydropter some of it on the S. Francisco Bay:
Last edited by PCP; 10-25-2012 at 10:34 PM.