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The Fastest Sailboat in the World


Shadoof

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In my previous blog I talked about the world of high performance sailing, this involves racing around a course. But then there is the boats specifically designed to go as fast as possible in a straight line, the boat that currently holds this record does not look like your average boat, its only purpose is a single direction as fast as possible.

Here is a diagram going into how it works.

Sailrocket_diag.png

(Some is cut off, only image I could find that explained it and wasn't in french.)

At the begging of the run this boat is very slow and just gets pushed sideways by the wind as it has no keel to keep it moving forward, but once moving it takes off reaching a record speed of 78.93 mph.

(Video contains swearing sorry)

And with speed and max efficiency there is always some error bound to happen.

 

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