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We are a nation of sailors, arent we. And pride ourselves on our innovation right? How come, then, that we havent mounted a serious attempt on the World sailing speed record?

 

Does anybody know of such an attempt ? Anybody interested ??

How about some inspiration from overseas ..

 

http://www.sailrocket.com/

http://www.wotrocket.com

http://www.windjet.co.uk

 

http://www.sailspeedrecords.com/500-metre-records.html

 

Cheers DHRB

Oh, and do I have some ideas ? You bettcha !!

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Did you know that for a land based record you will have to beat a staggering 126 MPH !!!

...and that in between 30 to 40 mile an hour winds.....

 

Time to tweak those boats lads....you can get a lot more speed out of them yet :D

 

While you are at it check this out..

http://www.hydroptere.com/index.php?pag ... esentation

 

2009 was dedicated to outright speed records. The Mediterranean record campaign was totally successful as l’Hydroptère achieved two world speed records that will be hard to exceed for the competitors (average speed of 51.36 knots over 500 meters on 4th September 2009 and above all 50.17 knots over one nautical mile on 8th November 2009) and showed the reliability and the efficiency of the concept.

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Intresting timing, this just from the gliding nz classifieds

 

"advertI wish to purchase a competition glider Body (only) - to use as the basis for building a craft, using 2 x windsurfer sails, for

an attempt on the world, sail powered Speed record. Please contact: David on 027 6660904 - or dhrbernard@gmail.com "

 

being a glider pilot and knowing how they work you could probabaly build a purpose body cheaper than and light than most gliders fuse. also note that they are structurally integral for there own wings and flying loads.

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Intresting timing, this just from the gliding nz classifieds

 

"advertI wish to purchase a competition glider Body (only) - to use as the basis for building a craft, using 2 x windsurfer sails, for

an attempt on the world, sail powered Speed record. Please contact: David on 027 6660904 - or dhrbernard@gmail.com "

 

being a glider pilot and knowing how they work you could probabaly build a purpose body cheaper than and light than most gliders fuse. also note that they are structurally integral for there own wings and flying loads.

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Intresting timing, this just from the gliding nz classifieds

 

"advertI wish to purchase a competition glider Body (only) - to use as the basis for building a craft, using 2 x windsurfer sails, for

an attempt on the world, sail powered Speed record. Please contact: David on 027 6660904 - or dhrbernard@gmail.com "

 

being a glider pilot and knowing how they work you could probabaly build a purpose body cheaper than and light than most gliders fuse. also note that they are structurally integral for there own wings and flying loads.

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Hey David what part of the country are you in, we could get you up in a two seat glider for a flight if your interested in a different perspective. most clubs do trail flights for around $150.00

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Hey, thanks for the offer. Which part of NZ do I live in? Wellington. Would love to go up in a glider. Why am I interested in a glider pod? To potentially use as a (ready made), perfectly formed seating pod - with controls - and integral strength for outrigger pods ( instead of wings) - for an 'updated' Longshot type craft - to break the world speed record.

 

I have been following the world speed record for 20 years .. and watching the record creep up and up - alternating between windsurfers, massive, expensive machines like Yellow Pages, back to windsurfers, then Hytroiphere

 

See, I reckon we are missing something .. and that it has always been right in front of us. Lets put it this way: Longshot got the 'Class A' record in 1992 - which it still has, at 43 knots. And thats using 2 x very old fashioned 10 sqm windsurfer sails, and primitive foils - in a badly unbalanced (beautiful) vessel. Now what if, the basic Longshot design was redeveloped, such that the overall CE / balance was better, used modern windsurfer rigs, modern foils ...

 

Thoughts folks ?? DHRB

 

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