Sailrocket sets speed record
The British speed sailing boat Sailrocket has set a new world record, before self-destructing in spectacular fashion.
Helmed by Australian Paul Larsen, the lightweight flier hit peak speeds of 52 knots in only 22 knots of wind and averaged 47.36 knots over the 500 meter course to set a new Class B speed record.
On its next run, the boat came unstuck at 50 knots-plus and was lifted clear of the water by the power of the wingsail. The craft was damaged but Larsen was unhurt.
The boat is now being repaired; Larsen and the team are confident that they can set a new outright speed record.
Here, you can see the video of Sailrocket’s destruction.