Friday, November 30, 2012

Die Fledermaus

No one can illustrate a sailor's feverish dreams better than Michael Schacht.  Read about it here:

Sunday, November 18, 2012

New World Speed Record

On the 16/11/12 VESTAS Sailrocket 2 set out on it's 13th run for this session at Walvis Bay Namibia. In moderate conditions with around 25 knots of wind average... VSR2 smashed the previous Outright world record by the biggest margin in the records history*. Paul larsen averaged 59.23 knots over the record 500 meter course and peaked at over 63 knots. The waters of Walvis Bay became speed sailing holy turf and the home of the outright record for the first time. This represents the culmination of 10 years hard work. The team promise it still represents the beginning of this boats potential. Africa turned on a spectacular setting and the flamingoes are just the icing. You couldn't make that stuff up. Happy days.
* Subject to WSSRC ratification

 Update 25 November:
 Fresh off the TRIMBLE... 68.01 over 1 second, 65.45 over 500 meters!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Windsurf Powered Tamanu

Klaus Riedl of Hamburg Germany built this Tamanu and powered it with a 10 sq meter (107 sq ft) windsurf sail.  Windsurf technology has been at the leading edge of sailing for a long time and it would be hard to imagine a more efficient sail.  Yes, I know a kite might be faster yet... unless you happen to need to go upwind.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Sabik launched on Saipan

Sabik, a 16' Wa'apa was recently launched by builder Dave Johansen at Pau Pau beach on the island of Saipan in the Mariana Islands. It will have a traditional shunting rig and I'm looking forward to photos of it under sail.