Vestas Sailrocket 2: defying Rob Douglas

Rob Douglas' world speed sailing record will be challenged by Australian sailor Paul Larsen, when his Vestas Sailrocket 2 hits the water of in Namibia, Africa.


Larsen has been developing a hybrid hit-tech glider-boat with high hopes of capturing Douglas' achievement of 55.65 knots (104km/h). The Sailrocket 2 has already sailed up to the 55.4 knots, but the record should be made on an average speed over 500 metres.

Larsen believes there are many upgrades to be made in the futuristic sail boat, so the world speed record can be beaten. The 41-year-old sailor is trying to balance the rudder when speed hits 50 knots.

The team of developers is using the foils against the sail, in order to get equilibrium. The Vestas Sailrocket 2 is trying to fine-tune the entire model for the perfect winning formula.

Paul Larsen raises the bar. He wants to beat Rob Douglas by a large margin getting the most out of excellent wind conditions and flat water surfaces.

Meanwhile, the US kiteboarder Rob Douglas enjoys the world speed sailing record trophy and will certainly try to improve his mark during 2012 speed season.