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They didn't actually break the world record, their average speed was around 54 knots.
Vestas SailRocket2 smashes world sailing speed record
time for Rob Douglas to get back to Namibia
It's amazing to see such flat water for 26 knots of wind. Very interesting design...
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I know right, I thought I understood the concept of "apparent wind", and that you could only sail slightly faster than the actual wind. I think the increase in difference must have to do with the efficiency of the "fluid dynamics" of that rigid wing as opposed to a kite.
The vestas sailrocket hit a peak speed of 65 knots or 75 mph. Windsurfers set a new record of 52 knots, and kiters begin their run on December 3, 2012.
http://www.gizmag.com/new-world-speed-s ... kmh/25065/
The worlds fastest KITER will also HAVE to fly a solid wing. Inflatable kites (all kites actually) have way to much DRAG- Add strings- LOADS of drag, add a person STANDING, tons more drag...
Add to that the HUMAN WEAKNESS factor (NO HUMAN will EVER be able to match the STRENGTH/WEIGHT Carbon/Kevlar)
Sorry guys I think your time is up
I think your right about a total redesign of the kite with a fixed wing for higher performance. THe drag of the kite and strings are really one of the last things to work on now.
On 11/28/12, the Vestas Sailrocket set another record, 65.45 knots or 78mph:
If you engineered a windsurfing rig ("we need a wider base, we need a bigger sail") and a kiting rig ("we need a fixed wing, we need a stronger tow structure, we need a stronger base") designed for maximum speed it would be logical if both designs evolved into the sailrocket. So sweet
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