tornado Posted March 28, 2009 Report Share Posted March 28, 2009 http://www.sailinganarchy.com/index_page1.php Australia’s Macquarie Innovation last night made world speed sailing history when it powered down the 500m Sandy Point course at an average speed of 50.43 knots. In winds of only 24 knots, Macquarie Innovation reached a maximum speed of 54.23 knots (100km/hr) and became the first sailing boat in the world to complete an official 500m run in excess of 50 knots. The record claim by the Macquarie Speed Sailing Team is now being prepared for ratification by the sport’s governing body and while the final acknowledged speed is expected to be reduced to 50.08 knots ** due to tidal variances experienced along the course, the claim realizes the team’s long term goal to sail their craft beyond 50 knots – sailing’s equivalent of the 4 minute mile for running. Well done guys, good to see they are going to stick around and try to increase the record. They have been hitting + 50 knots for a while now but just needed to lay down a solid run with a good start. Imagine what they could do if they had a longer runway to work with. Vid below Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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