SAILROCKET UPDATE!!! – LOOKS LIKE THEY HAVE SMASHED THE SPEED RECORD – From our earlier post we invited XS readers to follow the possible breaking of the world speed record. Here is the last Tweet and post from Paul after running the course pictured above:
Tweet from the VESTAS Sailrocket 2 team, 16 November 2012, 17:34:13: That’s it… We’ve smashed the arse off it! 59 knot average. Live from end of speed spot! More soon!
The title says it all. It’s just soaking in now… with the Champagne.
Calling friends, team members… all are family tonight.
I’m sitting here with great French champagne all around and smiling people. VESTAS Sailrocket 2 sits outside on the lawn shivering lightly in the decreasing breeze. She has the noble composure of a race winning horse that struts around wondering what all the fuss is about.
We are downloading the TRIMBLE data now. The great thing is that the GPS we use out there is set for a 18 second average… but at 59 knots we might not need that long. It said we did a 59.01 knot average… The TRIMBLE should be higher. I will let you know here when I know.
I think I’ll drink some more Pol Roger… and wait.
Christ… I’m buzzing and I know it is just going to get better. I will have this for life now.
There it is 59.23 knot average fresh off the TRIMBLE. 62.53 peak.
Records subject to WSSRC ratification.
Go to www.SailRocket.com for LIVE Tweeting from Paul.
Here’s a video in slower days :)