Video of the Week II: Vestas Sailrocket

This boat has got some serious speed!

VESTAS Sailrocket 2 set out on its 13th run for this session in 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 record’s 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 of hard work. The team promises it still represents the beginning of this boat’s potential. Africa turned on a spectacular setting and the flamingos are just the icing. You couldn’t make this stuff up.

* Subject to WSSRC ratification
Directed, filmed and edited by Ben Holder.

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