A winged, sail-powered proa, "Clifton Flasher" made the fastest time over the 500-meter course at Portland Harbour, near Weymouth in England on Saturday (21 September).
A winged, sail-powered proa, "Clifton Flasher" made the fastest time over the 500-meter course at Portland Harbour, near Weymouth in England on Saturday (21 September). The Bristol boat was competing in the first day of the World Sailing Speed Record, organised by the Royal Yachting Association.
An assortment of 26 sailing craft are entered in the week-long rials. To break the world record for the 500-metre course they must better 30 knots. A British boat "Crossbow" set the speed record last year with 29.3 knots over the half-kilometre circle of buoys in the harbour.
Four boats made an attempt on the speed record on Saturday: "Clifton Flasher", a local modified Unicorn "Boreas", an Italian entry "Mattia" and a French hydrofoil "Minoi II".
For the helmsman of the fastest yacht there is a prize of GBP 500. If the world record falls, the helmsman stands to win GBP 2000.
SYNOPSIS: This French hydrofoil "Minoull" is one of the twenty-six entrants in the World Sailing Speed Record this year at Portland Harbour, near Weymouth in England.
The British winged, sail-powered pro??? "Clifton Flasher" was one of the four which attempted the record on Saturday, the first day.
The Italian entry, "Mattia" also made an attempt.
A locally-owned, modified Unicorn, "Boreas" took the course with skill, but failed to come near the record. To break the world speed record for the five-hundred kilometre course, a boat will have to better twenty-nine-point-three knots.
"Minou II" has been able to make twenty knots in steady flight but on Saturday her speed was disappointing.
The current world record was set last year by a British boat "Crossbow". She is not entered in this year's week-long trials, leaving the field open to a newcomer.
With a classy display, "Clifton Flasher", powered by her five, solid wings turned in the best time for the day - fifty-five-point-five seconds, making eighteen-point-five knots over the five-hundred metres.
The Italian "Mattia" made the last attempt for the day. Like the others she will have to do considerably better if she's to come within reach of the record and the two-thousand pounds prize money for the record-breaking helmsman.