Well there has been a lot of confusion and controversy over the Outright World Speed Record. The kiters blew the 50 kt barrier a couple of months back, only to be told that it didn\’t count. Well it seems that after a few meetings ISAF were forced to support the decision made by the WSSRC, and have ratified the New World record of 50.57 by Alexandre Caizergues.
Meanwhile in Namibia the Vestas SailRocket has moved one step closer to the illusive 50 kt barrier with a run of 47.366 kts down a 500m course, and with it has become the fastest sailing boat on the planet. Quite impressive considering the wind was only 22 kts.
During another run the craft hit a top speed of 52.22 kts before launching into a back loop attempt. unfortunately they didn\’t quite get the height to complete the rotation, but it was pretty impressive non the less. Check it out here.
With so much interest in speed at the moment it will be interesting to see if the windsurfers step up and fight for the record or will they have to take a back seat and let the kiters fight with the boats. This winter could get interesting!
Photo Credit: Sailrocket.com