The adrenaline of sailboat racing is addictive, especially with a team working together and achieving new speeds. However, it’s not all about the team either, but also the boat and the equipment used. Of course, it all works together, allowing the team to reach for new goals and records as they cross the finish line first.
Naturally, some teams strive to become the best and fastest, which usually ends up starting the chase to break new world records. Over the last few years, small technological improvements make major changes to new speed possibilities, allowing teams aiming for new records to redefine the maximum speed and abilities of sailing.
Vestas Sailrocket 2
Aiming to set a new sailing speed record, the Vestas Sailrocket 2 became the focal point for sailors all around the world in 2012. The team chose to test the new boat off the coat of a small town called Walvis Bay in Namibia.
The first top speed run already introduced exciting speeds, breaking the current record by 4.1 miles per hour, making the new record 68.1 miles per hour. Less than a week later, after some small adjustments, the sailboat was taken out yet again, smashing the record by another 7.1 miles, increasing it to an incredible 75.2 miles per hour (65.45 knots).
The record was broken by a large difference, which is why it still remains the fastest to this day. It’s also unexpected to be broken any time soon as it would once again take an amazing team and boat with the latest technology, and even then, it would have to be perfect conditions.
The Hydroptѐre was one of the first to introduce hydrofoil technology into the world of sailing back in 2009. As we all know, this technology has now become a lot more involved with various types are sailing and even making its way to other sports such as kitesurfing.
In 2009, the Hydroptѐre managed to set a new world record at 52.86 knots. It still remains one of the most well-known records due to the technology used, and in 2015 it was once again tested and is still recognized as one of the fastest sailboats in the world. It is now also known as the first hydrofoil boat to cross the ocean as a team made a journey from Los Angeles all the way to Honolulu in Hawaii.
GC32 Version 2
The GC32 Version 2 has made a name for itself as the fastest Catamaran in the world. It also uses Hydrofoil will technology that actually allows the entire but to lift out of the water as it approaches its top speed of 40 knots.
The Catamaran is incredibly light, allowing it to appear as if it is flying above the water, making it an interesting design to consider. It also requires a much smaller crew than the boats mentioned above, making it even more impressive when considering its speed capabilities.