The 60-foot (28-metre) British yacht "Crossbow" set a new world sailing speed record of 29.2 knots per hour at Weymouth in England on Saturday (29 September).
The 60-foot (28-metre) British yacht "Crossbow" set a new world sailing speed record of 29.2 knots per hour at Weymouth in England on Saturday (29 September). Crossbow, which broke its own record of 26.3 knots set last year, was competing against other speed yachts in the first day of trials organised by the Royal Yachting Association. Other favorites to set high speeds in the week-long trials are the United States board "Guided Missile" -- which has already sailed at 16.29 knots in only EIGHT knots of wind -- and the highly-experiment "Clifton Flasher" from Britain. Another contender, the "Centro II" suffered a broken mast which penetrated the hull on the first day.
Also taking part -- and normally only a little slower than Crossbow -- is the standard production Tornado catamaran "Icarus".
SYNOPSIS: The week-long speed sailing trials organised by the Royal Yachting Association of Britain began in Weymouth, on Saturday -- with a new record set by last year's record-breaker. But first, favourite "Clifton Flasher" being prepared with another competitor, "Cento Two".
One of the first to try for the record was "Icarus" a standard production-model Tornado catamaran. but it wasn't quick enough.
The "Cento Two", a British-built conventional prod, almost ready for the off...
And something of a mystery boat making an attempt on the record.... it sported the number "seventeen", but organisers know nothing about it.
The "Cento Two" again... but preparations had been in vain. A mast broke, penetrating the hull.
And this was the record-breaking run -- by "Crossbow", twenty-six-point-three knots. On Saturday, the unconventional sixty-footer put it up by two-point-nine to a new record of twenty-nine-point-two knots.