With just a little over a week to go until the start of the 2009 Lüderitz Speed challenge, the UK based Sailrocket team are set to do all they can to beat the current speed sailing record set by French yacht team, l'Hydropt?re.
l'Hydropt?re set the fastest speed sailing record just over a month ago with an amazing 51.36 knots, and it was the first time a sail boat had held the title since 1993. For the last 15 years it has been windsurfers who have grasped on to the record, but it seems now that finally sailboats are the speed demons to beat.
Sailrocket pilot/project manager Paul Larsen is hopefully that l'Hydropt?re's record will be short lived - 'It's the outright record that we all strive for, this means that ultimately we have to beat the board riders as well.' No easy task especially since kiteboarders will also be doing all they can to spoil the party this coming November.
For now though the Sailrocket team are enjoying some speed trials in Walvis Bay, Nambia. They have been in Nambia since October 2nd and will leave on the 29th.
Kiteworld Magazine will be sure to keep you posted on the final results and we are looking forward to November when hopefully both the Sailrocket and l'Hydropt?re will have met their match.
Click hereto see the Sailrocket and l'Hydropt?re in action and be sure to check out Kiteworld Magazine Issue #42 out in November where we'll be talking to Alex Caizergues on the subject that quite simply is - 'speed'
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