Yachting World

Aiming for 80 knots

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Nearly a decade since Vestas Sailrocket 2 became the world’s fastest sailing vessel, topping 65.45 knots, two teams are planning a new assault on the record with radical designs capable of up to 80 knots.

One is the SP80 (pictured), created by three Swiss engineers, which uses a pair of floats either side of a main cockpit to skim the water surface with power driven by a huge kite and lift generated by a large aft foil.

Meanwhile, in France, speed kite sailor Alex Caizergues is working on a project called Syroco, which combines a kite, T-foil, and a ‘flying’ hull.

For more on the two bids google yachtingwo­rld.com ‘fastest sailboats’.

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