Speed sailing record

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l'Hydroptère, the previous Nautical Mile record holder

Speed sailing records are sanctioned, since 1972, by the World Sailing Speed Record Council (WSSRC). Records are measured either by average speed over a specified distance or by total distance traveled during a specified time interval. The three most sought after records are the:

500 metre records[edit]

Date Craft Skipper Location Speed (knots) Speed (km/h) Speed (mph) Comment
24 Nov 2012 Vestas Sailrocket 2 Paul Larsen AUS Walvis Bay, NAM 65.45[1] 121.1 75.2
18 Nov 2012 Vestas Sailrocket 2 Paul Larsen AUS Walvis Bay, NAM 59.23[3] 109.69 68.1
28 Oct 2010 Kitesurf Robert Douglas USA Lüderitz, NAM 55.65 103.06 64.0
28 Oct 2010 Kitesurf Sebastien Cattelan FRA Lüderitz, NAM 55.49 102.76 63.8 14 minutes before Robert Douglas' record. Homologated by the WSSRC.
12 Oct 2010 Kitesurf Alexandre Caizergues FRA Lüderitz, NAM 54.10 100.19 62.3 First record above 100 km/h
4 Sept 2009 l'Hydroptère - hydrofoil trimaran Alain Thébault FRA Hyères FRA 51.36 95.11 59.1 Nautical mile record broken on the same run. An instantaneous maximum speed of 55 knots was recorded.
2008 Kitesurf Alexandre Caizergues FRA Lüderitz, NAM 50.57 93.65 58.2
2008 Kitesurf Sebastien Cattelan FRA Luderitz, NAM 50.26 93.08 57.8 First record above 50 knots
2008 Kitesurf Robert Douglas USA Luderitz, NAM 49.84 92.30 57.4
2008 Windsurf Antoine Albeau FRA Stes.Maries, FRA 49.09 90.91 56.5
2005 Windsurf Finian Maynard IRL Stes.Maries, FRA 48.70 90.19 56.0
2004 Windsurf Finian Maynard IRL Stes.Maries, FRA 46.82 86.71 53.9
1993 Yellow Pages Endeavour - proa Simon McKeon AUS Sandy Point, AUS 46.52 86.15 53.5
1991 Windsurf Thierry Bielak FRA Stes.Maries, FRA 44.66 82.71 51.4
1990 Windsurf Pascal Maka FRA Stes.Maries, FRA 43.06 79.74 49.5
1988 Windsurf Erik Beale GBR Stes.Maries, FRA 40.48 74.96 46.6
1986 Windsurf Pascal Maka FRA Sotavento, SP 38.86 71.96 44.7
1980 Crossbow II catamaran Tim Colman GBR Portland, UK 36.00 66.67 41.4
1977 Crossbow II catamaran Tim Colman GBR Portland, UK 34.40 63.70 39.6
1977 Crossbow II catamaran Tim Colman GBR Portland, UK 33.80 62.59 38.9
1975 Crossbow II catamaran Tim Colman GBR Portland, UK 31.80 58.89 36.6
1975 Crossbow proa Tim Colman GBR Portland, UK 31.10 57.59 35.8
1973 Crossbow proa Tim Colman GBR Portland, UK 29.30 54.26 33.7
1972 Crossbow proa Tim Colman GBR Portland, UK 26.30 48.70 30.3


Class records[edit]

Last updated: 19 November 2012.

Category Date Craft Skipper Location Speed (knots) Speed (km/h)
D Class (Over 300 ft²) 4 Sept 2009 l'Hydroptère Alain Thébault FRA Hyères FRA 51.36 95.11
C Class (Up to 300 ft² (27.88 m²)) 2009 Macquarie Innovation Simon McKeon AUS Sandy Point, AUS 50.07 92.72
B Class (Up to 235 ft² (21.84 m²)) 2012 Vestas Sailrocket Paul Larsen AUS Walvis Bay, NAM 65.45[1] 121.1
A Class (Up to 150 ft² (13.93 m²)) 1992 Longshot Russel Long USA Tarifa, SP 43.55 80.65
10 m² (Up to 10 m²) 2008 Windsurfer Antoine Albeau FRA Stes.Maries, FRA 49.09 90.91
Kite Sailing 2010 Kitesurfer Robert Douglas USA Lüderitz, NAM 55.65 103.06

Nautical mile records[edit]

Date Craft Skipper Location Speed (knots) Speed (km/h)
18 nov 2012 Vestas Sailrocket 2 Paul Larsen AUS Walvis Bay, NAM 55.32[2] 102.45
8 nov 2009 l'Hydroptère Alain Thébault FRA Hyères FRA 50.17 92.91 .[4]
4 Sept 2009 l'Hydroptère Alain Thébault FRA Hyères FRA 48.72 90.23 500 metre record broken on the same run.
Oct 2008 l'Hydroptère Alain Thébault FRA Port Saint-Louis FRA 43.09 79.80
April 2007 l'Hydroptère Alain Thébault FRA Baie de Quiberon FRA 41.69 77.21
October 2006 Windsurfer Bjorn Dunkerbeck ND Walvis bay, Namibia 41.14 76.19
October 2005 Windsurfer Finian Maynard IRL Walvis bay, Namibia 39.97 74.02
November 2004 Windsurfer Bjorn Dunkerbeck ND Port Saint-Louis FRA 34.44 63.78
July 2003 Windsurfer Bjorn Dunkerbeck ND Aringa, Grand Canaria 33.96 62.89

24 hour distance record[edit]

Date Distance Average speed Boat Type Skipper Crew notes
1 August 2009 908nmi 37.84kt France Banque Populaire V 131ft trimaran Pascal Bidégorry 12 During successful attempt to break the record of the northern Atlantic.
20 July 2007 794nmi 33.08kt France Groupama 3 103ft trimaran Franck Cammas 10 During successful attempt to break the record of the northern Atlantic.
3 July 2006 766.8nmi 31.95kt France Orange II 120ft catamaran Bruno Peyron During successful attempt to break the record of the northern Atlantic.
2004 706.2nmi 29.43kt France Orange II 120ft catamaran Bruno Peyron
2002 694.78nmi 28.95kt United Kingdom Maiden II 110ft catamaran Adrienne Cahalan, Helena Darvelid & Brian Thompson
2001 687.17nmi 28.63kt United States PlayStation 125ft catamaran Steve Fossett
2001 655.2nmi 27.30kt France Club Med 110ft catamaran Grant Dalton
2001 629.5nmi 26.23kt France Innovation Explorer 110ft catamaran Loick Peyron 13 During The Race (event).
11 November 2000 625.7nmi 26.07kt France Club Med 110ft catamaran Bruno Peyron & Grant Dalton 14 Qualification for The Race, crossing the northern Atlantic from east to west
1999 590.23nmi 24.59kt United States PlayStation 105ft catamaran Steve Fossett
1994 547.3nmi 22.80kt France Explorer 86ft catamaran Bruno Peyron
1994 540nmi 22.50kt France Primagaz 60ft trimaran Laurent Bourgnon
1994 524.63nmi 21.91kt France Lyonnaise des eaux 75ft trimaran Olivier de Kersauson
1990 522.73nmi 21.85kt France Jet Services V 75ft catamaran Serge Madec
1987 517nmi 21.54kt France Fleury Michon VIII 75ft trimaran Philippe Poupon
1984 512nmi 21.33kt Canada Formule Tag 75ft trimaran Michael Birch
11 December 1854 465nmi 19.375kt United States Champion of the Seas 252ft clipper Alexander Newlands This record stood for nearly 130 years
1 March 1854 436nmi 18.16kt United Kingdom Lightning 244ft clipper James Nolan "Bully" Forbes[5]

Note that the nineteenth century records are not strictly compatible as they measure a "Day's run" which was measured noon to noon regardless of longitude. The two entries above were both eastbound and therefore less than 24 hours.

Instantaneous speed record[edit]

The idea of an instantaneous speed record is not officially sanctioned by the WSSRC and is, therefore, not officially measured or documented. The highest speed ever reported is from the crew of Vestas Sailrocket 2 : on 24 November 2012 they recorded a top speed of 67.74 knots in a 27-29 knots wind. [6]

Previously, the highest speed ever reported was from the crew of l'Hydroptère. During an attempt on 21 December 2008 at Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône, they recorded a top speed of approximately 61 knots during a 45 knot gust of wind. This heavy gust of wind overpowered the sailboat, causing it to capsize at high speed. The crew sustained only minor injuries.[7]

Sovereign of the Seas, 1852, 258 ft, the fastest and longest ship yet built when she was launched in New York, designed and built by Donald Mackay, America's foremost clipper designer. On her maiden voyage, she sailed New York to San Francisco in 103 days. This ship achieved the fastest ever recorded speed of a sailing vessel (22 knots).

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Vestas Sailrocket 2 Outright Sailing Speed Record". WSSRC. 04/12/12.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. ^ a b "Vestas Sailrocket. Outright and NM.". WSSRC. 02 Dec 12.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. ^ "Vestas Sailrocket 2 Outright Sailing Speed Record". WSSR Council. 27/11/12.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. ^ "50 noeuds sur le mille !" sur le site Hydroptere.com
  5. ^ Lubbock, Basil (1921), The Colonial Clippers, Glasgow, James Brown, p. 62 
  6. ^ Paul Larsen (28 Nov 12). "BLOWN AWAY... THE 65 KNOT+ RUN (WITH VIDEO)". Vestas Sailrocket.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  7. ^ 61 knots for l'Hydroptère

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