Paul L. opens the container. – Is SailRocket back after a break of nearby 3 years ?

WTE is curiously about to learn from other projects (not urgently Trimaran boats) and to get an understanding about the potentials of foiling for keeping up Trimarans as the fastest sailing multihulls for offshore and long distance. Yesterday came in an interesting news…


5 Paul LarsenLong time gone since it became silent around Paul Larsen for more than one year. We know Paul as project manager and on helm of Vestas Sailrocket 2  for a successfully new world speed record on 24 November 2012 at a maximum of 65.45 nautical knots (= 75.318515 mph – 121.2134 km/h).  – This impressive record officially is recognized by the World Speed Record Council (WSRC).

In total Australian Paul Larsen set with his team a row of records front coast of Namibia during 2011-2012 with an improvement of 33.055%, as documented in WSRC’s B-Class for the 500 metre distance (extract):

2011 Vestas Sailrocket 2 Paul L. AUS Walvis Bay, NAM 49.19 kts
2012 Vestas Sailrocket 2 Paul L. AUS Walvis Bay, NAM 54.08 kts
”    “ Vestas Sailrocket 2 Paul L. AUS Walvis Bay, NAM 59.23 kts
”    “ Vestas Sailrocket 2 Paul L. AUS Walvis Bay, NAM 59.37 kts
”    “ Vestas Sailrocket 2 Paul L. AUS Walvis Bay, NAM 65.45 kts

The world record…

Paul opened the container doors yesterday (Friday, 2nd October 2015)… where SailRocket 2 is stored close to his home in South England. Paul and his team colleague Alex Adams took a look at the uniquely boat… as they have been invited for presenting her at the Advanced Engineering UK (NEC in Birmingham, 4-5  November).

What can we expect soon (or at least wish) from Paul after a long record pause of nearby three years ? – As he made clear with a longer blog notice on 2nd October 2015 Paul is working on SailRocket 3. Yet no published some pictures. It seems the modelling process of SR3 has finished in the workshop.

Interesting to notice some new statements in Paul’s blog post about the old “SailRocket 2” (SR2):

  • The boat SR2 is structured to go much faster.
  • 65 knots was well within her comfort zone and achieved very quickly once we got a few aspects sorted.
  • The last run was awesome… but in some respects messy. It was simply the last day of the record attempt and the sponsorship dollars. She’s got more to offer.

For the future there is much more to imagine about the efficiency of foils. But Paul pulls quickly down our legs to ground avoiding highly expectations for new exiting runs (citiation):

The idea of potentially going sailing has grown on me. Not for the purpose of sailing down memory lane… or any desperate grab at something meaningless… but simply because this great sailing boat should be sailed and we, who call ourselves sailors, have the great opportunity to do so. We now have a boat beyond the dreams of our dreams when we first entered Sailrocket 1 eleven (11) years ago.

While sailors in the Northern hemispheres end the sailing season and start to winterize their boats Paul aims at (with a team of three) for 3rd October 2015 to put the wing on the boat for a full rig-up… and a trial course front the doors of the  Castle Cove Sailing Club in Weymouth/Dorset on the South Coast of England. Here the draft of two straight short courses by Paul himself (citiation).

If a good weather and tide opportunity presents itself then we may well go out for a look. Weymouth is a difficult place for this craft to be launched and retrieved from. It’s a short course with heaps of obstacles from large shallows to moored yachts. Any day that is good for us is also great for everyone else and it gets busy.

Portland harbour speed runsAs powerfully trimarans still have to learn fully foiling – while their compagnions on two hulls (catamarans) do it steadily in different classes onshore and offshore – it will be interesting to see the further progress and knowledge transfer from small to big, from experimental (as seen with SailRocket) to serial multihull building.

Good luck, Paul !

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