Five Fastest Sailboats in the World

Vestas Sailrocket 2

Vestas Sailrocket 2. Credit: Helena Darvelid/Vestas Sailrocket

White sands, emerald waters, and speeding vessels is a gift to sailboat lovers. When it comes to the world’s fastest sailboats, here’s a quick sneak peek at some of the iconic vessels.

Vestas Sailrocket 2

Vestas Sailrocket 2 stands by a record with an incredible 65.45 knots (75.2mph) off the coast of Walvis Bay, Namibia. It was Australian sailor, Paul Larsen, who set the new sailing speed record in November 2012. Larsen in the Vestas Sailrockect 2 smashed the world speed sailing record on November 24 with 65.37 knots (75.23 mph [121.06 km/h]).

Hydroptère

l’Hydroptère. Credit: Hydroptère / François Robert

l’Hydroptère. Credit: Hydroptère / François Robert

Great feats are very distinctly achieved by the world’s fastest sailboat, like, Hydroptère. The state-of-the-art vessel broke the sailing speed record in 2009 with 52.86 knots for 500 metres in around 30 knots of wind. Dubbed as, the flying hydrofoil boat, it was designed by French yachtsman, Alain Thébault. She is still one of the fastest sailboats in the world. Thébault reportedly hopes to achieve 80 knots or more with a new project iDroptere on the lines of Hydroptère.

Spindrift2 (Banque Populaire V)

The Banque Populaire V also known as Spindrift2 was founded in 2011 and the VPLP-designed behemoth is a Jules Verne Trophy holder. The trophy won for a circumnavigation with a time of 45 days with Loick Peyron at the helm in 2012. The largest racing trimaran in the world, proved to be the fastest to cross the northern Atlantic in 2009.

GC32 Version 2

Wish to see a sailboat breeze and fly, lifting easily out of water in true wind speeds? GC32 Version 2, the fastest foiling catamaran, can speed up to 40 knots (46 mph). It is light, can be easily controlled in the air, and can accelerate at top speeds. It is similar to AC72-style and upgraded with design changes in the rudders and daggerboards. The sailboat has a huge-fan-following at the America’s Cup.

C Class

All eyes on the Little America’s Cup, popularly called C-cats. The C Class is a lightweight vessel usually focused on cutting-edge multihull racing, and racing at regatta off Falmouth, England. C-cats are tall and can extend 40-feet out of water achieving extremely high speeds even with moderate wind. With some pioneering work on the wing sails, the sailboat is all set to lead in the context of full foiling.

The Yellow Pages Endeavour (Macquarie Innovation), Comanche, Mod70, and IDEC3, are some more vessels which reminisce of great sailing.

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