New Sailboat speed record

In Boats on November 23, 2012 at 6:48 am

Sailrocket 2 has recorded the 100 km/h (54 knots) sustained speed in Walvis Bay, Namibia.  This beats the previous record by the trimaran Hydroptere of 95 km/hr (51 knots).   Sailrocket 2 looks more like a proa to me and I have never seen a multi-hull with that kinda beam (40 foot length, 40 foot beam).

Its pretty mind-boggling that these guys were able to squeeze peak speed of 60 knots out of a 25 knot wind.  Just proves again for me a theory of mine that the ancient Melanesians were the greatest boat-builders of all time, basically millenniums ahead of everyone else.  Here is my favourite proa video of some guys smoking across the lagoon in the Marshall Islands.  I got a kick out of the coconut crabs tied to the outrigger.  These guys look so relaxed but you can see how fast they are going by the dark rocks whippin’ underneath them… ;o)


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