Masters of Speed
"Speed sailing in its purest form is a contest with nature. One is trying to push mechanical elements into performance realms never achieved."
Our attempt to break the World Yachting Speed Record creates a unique, Corinthian undertaking encompassing performance, innovation, new technology and energy, clean and green concepts that appeal to all generations. This is an event by the sailors and for the sailors.
"This venture came about from the desire to want to organize an event in one of the best locations that I think exists. This event is for pure record hunting and we hope to achieve great things".
Finian Maynard (Event Founder)
November 24th, 2003
Today was a day of rest and recuperation as the toll of being on the Canal from dawn till dusk took a hold of the sailors, support crew and management.
In reflection of yesterday’s events, we are happy to finally get some wind and make some runs on the famous strip. Everybody was on gear that they didn’t know too well so it was a day of learning as well.
The fact that 45 knots was achieved twice is a good indicator that this location is definitely the tool to beat the current mark of 46.54 knots still held by YP Endeavour. These times are the fastest to be posted in 10 years and they join a very exclusive club with only three members.
Thierry most likely woke up this morning quite relieved that his long-standing windsurfing record was still in his name.
Enjoy checking the times.
For those who are not familiar with the rules, the speed posted in (kts) is the timed average speed over 500 meters as indicated by the actual time on the results sheet. It is not the top speed. In the fast runs of the day, the top speeds were probably closer to 47-48 knots. Tough to know for sure as there was a slight wind shadow in the middle but the last 200 meters became very fast as this was where the gusts were normally the strongest when the direction was good.
Now it is back to a waiting game. This place is not windy often but when it is good, it is really good.
For more information and speed times, check out the Masters of Speed website at www.mastersOfSpeed.com