Current holders Simon McKeon and Tim Daddo (AUS) have today notified the World Speed Sailing Record Council of their intention to make further attempts on the outright World Sailing Speed Record on Macquarie Innovation.
In an application made to the WSSRC, they have asked for authorisation for a series of dates to make the attempt from October to December which make up a total of 28 days.
"We anticipate that there will be no other changes to the arrangements and procedures that have been adopted during our last attempt earlier this year. In particular, our primary method of measuring speed for the 500 metre record will be via a video camera located on Macquarie Innovation itself. We also intend to run our proposed GPS system concurrently with the video system in the hope of receiving approval for this system."
As in the past, the attempts will be conducted at Sandy Point, Victoria and, time permitting, we intend pursuing different class records and accordingly sailing with rigs of different sizes."
The Maiden 2 record for Around Britain and Ireland has been formally ratified by the Council.
Yacht: Maiden II
Owned by: Tracy Edwards
Sailed by: Brian Thompson, Helena Darvelid and a crew of 12
Dates: 5th September to 10th September 2002.
Elapsed Time: 4 days 17 hours 4 minutes 23 seconds