SP-High Modulus (Isle of Wight, U.K.), the marine business of Gurit, recently attended the launch of the Vestas Sailrocket 2, a sailing boat designed to attempt to break the outright world speed sailing record.
SP-High Modulus supplied materials, including Ampreg 22, prepregs from SP-High Modulus’ SE84LV and SE70 product ranges and some dry reinforcements along with technical services to the project. Sailrocket 2 is designed to be significantly faster than its predecessor. The design of the new craft is based on a unique stabilizing concept with the sail and keel elements positioned so that there is virtually no overturning moment and no net vertical lift.
The outright world speed sailing record is set by taking the average speed of a craft between two points set 500m/1,640 ft apart. The current record stands at 55.65 knots (around 64 mph). The Sailrocket 2 hopes to beat this record and is now being prepared to be shipped to Walvis Bay, Namibia, where the attempt will take place in April.
Graham Harvey, general manager marine, comments, “SP-High Modulus have been involved with the Sailrocket project from the start and are pleased to see this new version of the boat take to the water for the first time. We wish the team every success in their attempt at the record.”
Paul Larsen, project leader and pilot of Sailrocket, says, “SP-High Modulus were one of the very first companies to get behind us. Our team is delighted that they are going to stand with us through the ongoing journey. This project is a strong representation of the willingness to innovate and create with a focus on being number 1. Its success will come on the shoulders and shared beliefs of those that support it. Of course there are risks involved, that’s the challenge. Choosing your partners is all part of managing those risks. With SP-High Modulus onboard for the long journey ahead I am happy that a big piece of this complex puzzle is in place. Thanks for the service and support.”
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