SailRocket update


Paul Larsen and his 'Max Vac'
 

Paul Larsen and his 'Max Vac'

Paul Larsen brings us up to date with his challenge to break the world speed sailing record
It's been a while between updates but not due to any lack of activity. Rather the opposite. The project has been steaming ahead on all fronts. This Sunday we released the first complete piece of SailRocket that will actually go down the course. I was pretty damn nervous as the 'beam half' released from the female mould - worried that, for some reason, things wouldn't turn out right. But it was perfect and the extra effort required to go down the carbon pre-preg route has been justified with an immaculate lightweight and fair section. The team have been working hard through the nights pumping out carbon composite test panels which get sent off to SP Systems for testing. This perfects our procedure for the real build. It does not pay to rush some stages. A weird thing happened when we began carefully laying the first 'skins' of the boat at long last. Call it corny, call it an omen call it what you will...... I personally am not superstitious but I'll just say what we saw..... two white doves flew into the NEG-Micon shed and began nesting. They're still there! It can't be a bad thing. Some of the help and support we have received has been fantastic. The project is gathering its own momentum as people recognise the team's commitment to the world speed record attempt. Laser-guided lay-up of the beams uni-directional carbon fibre Doyle Sails in Southampton and Australia have joined forces to supply the sails for SailRocket using their D4 construction techniques. The importance of getting this aspect right is obvious and we welcome their expertise. Compotech will supply the carbon mast and spars which will be very highly loaded. To give you an idea of the power being harnessed by the rig and hence being fed ultimately through the foil, imagine sheeting

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