The World Sailing Speed Record
A story of legendary boats and sailors
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Crossbow - 26,30 knots (48,71 km/h)
October 1972 on the Isle of Portland; Weymouth’s annual Speed Week has gathered a number of experimental boats, and the contenders are eager to show off their speedy machines. The course against which they are measured is a 500m run, simply because a mile does not fit in the venue. The Crossbow and its 4-man crew come out ahead of the bunch, finishing their run in under 37 seconds, thereby logging the first World Speed Sailing Record, as well as cementing the 500m run as the official benchmark.
A unique visibility in the sailing world
The World Sailing Speed Record gets the most attention in the sport because it is not restricted to a single discipline. What’s more, this record has a global impact and goes beyond the boundaries of the sailing world.
« Just like with the sound barrier, once you’re through, you’re through, and the equation for doing 100 knots or greater will have been written. »
Paul Larsen, current World Sailing Speed Record holder
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