Monday, March 13, 2006

Faster than a speeding bullet

Popular Science is not the first publication that comes to mind when one wants to read about sailing, but be sure to check out this article. It details and discusses the push to break the 50 knot barrier. According to the article, the record for the speed of any wind-powered craft on water—46.52 knots, was set by the Australian trimaran Yellow Pages Endeavor a decade ago and finally broken in 2004 at Speed Week, held off the coast of Weymouth in the south of England. At the moment boardsailor Finian Maynard holds the World Record, set April 10, 2005 - 48.70 knots.

The battle is broadly pitched between windsurfers and sailors and it's even money on who will take it over 50.

And you thought your Laser was fast off the wind...

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