I am sure, most of you have already heard this, but anyway:
YEAH IT'S TRUE, THE WORLD SPEED RECORD FOR SAILING VESSELS HAS COME BACK
Last weekend, the world speed record for sailing vessels has been broken
by german world cup sailor Robby Seeger at a local (but still official)
speed event at Sylt, Germany.
Robby was using a 2.90 m board (!!!! see below) in winds of 10 bft (91
km/h) with a 6.0 sqm sail.
His average speed on a 500 m speed distance was an incredible 112 km/h
(62.2 knots) improving the previous record set by the trifoiler Yellow
Pages Endeavour by several knots!!!
The breakthrough was, to not only use a weight-vest (25 kg in this case),
but also to use weight packs on the board (45 kg). Those weight packs were
fixed on the board from an accompanying power boat, when Robby was already
planing but before he crossed the starting line. (waterstarting the board
with the packs on had turned out to be impossible).
The weight packs on the board kept the board smooth and controllable even
at those tremendous speeds.
After the record, Robby said that it had been pretty easy and that he
was sure, that with some practice with this new setup and maybe some
more weight on the board, he could still do a lot better.
So folks, I guess we are going to see some real hubup in the high-speed
windsurfing scene in the near future. There have been some discussions if
this power boat assistance should be banned, but for now it
is absolutely legal! There is no rule, restrincting things that are done
to a board before it crosses the starting line!
Wow, I saw it all live, and I am still really e***d!!!
(Planning to get myself weight packs and a power boat asap! :-)))))) )