Yesterday, the ISAF website brought you news of ` Macquarie Innovations' attempt to break the world speed record and anticipates breaking the 50 Knot barrier. Also on track is `SailRocket'.
"With major parts of the construction completed and with others underway we are well down the path of completing all the moulds"
, states Paul Larsen, the 32 year old Australian who plans to pilot SAILROCKET, "s the final boat is so light and therefore requires few materials, the actual build of the real McCoy will take less time than the moulds."
Designer of SAILROCKET, 42 year old senior test Engineer at NEG-Micon, Malcolm Barnsley ads "The devil is in the detail and there is still a good couple of months design work before we can start the final build. The wind-tunnel testing being carried out by students at Southampton University may yet reveal things that we may wish to incorporate. Great ideas are still coming up as we learn more and more about the nature of our endeavour and these could have a significant effect on the outcome. Whilst we don't want to rush or compromise, we also appreciate the value of full-scale testing and would like to be on the water later in 2003."
The team consider 2003 to be a significant year in record-breaking terms. One Hundred years ago the Wright brothers first took to the air, twenty years ago Richard Noble and the 'Thrust' team reclaimed the world land speed record for England and ten years ago the world speed sailing record was reclaimed off the sailboards by the Australian 'Yellow Pages Endeavour'. Despite many attempts by craft of all shapes, it is yet to be beaten.
The Australian team with their new boat 'Macquarie Innovations', failed to break their own record of 46.52 knots which they established in 1993 after two prolonged attempts in 2002.
The record has stood for ten years and is ripe to be broken. The 50-knot barrier is also tantalizingly close.