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500m speed record

Macquarie Speed Sailing Team breaks 50 knots barrel

50.43 knots registered at Sandy Point • 50.08 knots to be officialised

vendredi 27 mars 2009Redaction SSS [Source RP]

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Australia’s Macquarie Innovation last night made world speed sailing history when it powered down the 500m Sandy Point course at an average speed of 50.43 knots. In winds of only 24 knots, Macquarie Innovation reached a maximum speed of 54.23 knots (100km/hr) and became the first sailing boat in the world to complete an official 500m run in excess of 50 knots.

The record Record #sailingrecord claim by the Macquarie Speed Sailing Team is now being prepared for ratification by the sport’s governing body and while the final acknowledged speed is expected to be reduced to 50.08 knots [1] due to tidal variances experienced along the course, the claim realises the team’s long term goal to sail their craft beyond 50 knots – sailing’s equivalent of the 4 minute mile for running.

The Macquarie Speed Sailing Team last night was understandably delighted with their efforts and proud to have achieved a goal that they set for themselves some 15 years ago. While their performance represents the achievement of a major milestone in world sailing, the team is confident that there is certainly more to come from their amazing machine.

- Press info Steb Fisher / Macquarie Speed Sailing Team
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[1subject to official ratification

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