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Isle of Wight Vestas Sail Rocket2 in new speed record

A sailor claims to have "smashed" the sailing world speed record after almost 10 years of attempts.

Weymouth-based Paul Larsen sailed an average speed of 59.01 knots - with a peak speed of 63.5 knots - at Walvis Bay in Namibia.

They "smashed" the previous record of a 51.36 knots, Mr Larsen said. It will be verified by the World Sailing Speed Records Council.

The VESTAS SailRocket 2 boat was built on the Isle of Wight.

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  • 19 Nov 2012