We got it!!! Finian breaks the record whilst Yellow Pages breaks into pieces!
On Saturday 13th November 2004, F2 rider Finian Maynard broke the World Record by 0.3 of a knot (subject to ratification). It now stands at 46.82 knots but the Mistral winds are forecasted to continue so it could be broken again. Finian and friends have been gathered at the 1km man-made canal in St. Maries de la Mer in the South of France for the last month and the team will stay there until December 14th.
On the 15th November, Macquarie Innovation (Yellow Pages) was launched in an attempt to win back the record. However the craft was destroyed during a high speed crash onto a sand bank.
Ian Fox from Speedweek fills in the details about the crash:
“Suffering a front hull lift off at high speed, all effective control was lost at full power and the craft slewed around into the wind creating the ultimate spinout before cartwheeling itself and crew into a horror wipeout. The craft is a write off but the crew escaped without serious injury despite being catapulted high in the air inside their crew pod before crashing underwater and being trapped for a few scary seconds.
Data from the craft will be recovered to determine if the 50 knot barrier was reached. But it’s certain the 500m wasn’t covered, so irrespective the record remains in Finian’s hands for now subject to ratification.”
To have a look at the craft before it disintegrated go to: www.macquarie.com.au
Whitey just got faster!
Photo by Jean Souville
Dave White sets a NEW World Production Speed record on Severne Sails and F2 boards!
Severne UK distributor and Team Rider Dave White smashed his old production board speed world record on Saturday 13th Nov at The Canal with a speed of 44.30 knots. This was also a NEW British speed record.
He was using a 5.6m production Severne sail and an F2 Missile. (Click the product name links to read Daves sailor reviews of this equipment.)
Go to www.whiteboarders.com for Dave's full story.
Karin Jaggi: So close to the women's record!!
The women's record stands at a fraction over 40 knots. She hit 39.80 knots (on a production F2 Missile) but when you consider the men were struggling to hold their sails down you can see why she missed out.
Bjorn Dunkerbeck gets the Open Water Speed Record in Namibia with 44.35 knots!!
Photo by Cornelia Thiele
Bjorn is now in France attempting to take the overall World Speed Record away from Finian Maynard.
See our exclusive camera interview with Bjorn here.