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Planet Sail Episode 17: Speed Special

by Matt Sheahan 16 Mar 16:05 GMT
OnCourse Episode 17: Speed Special © PlanetSail

There is a serious need for speed out there right now. From state of the art super sleek foiling Moths that will go upwind at 20knots, to ice yachts that will hit 80mph and more - both of which we cover in this episode.

But what's really grabbed our attention recently are three fascinating record breaking campaigns. Two are focussed on the outright sailing speed record that look to flight as a large part of the answer. And yet the very team you might have thought was up for a record breaking blast along a 500m course is actually having a crack at being the fastest on dry land. Emirates Team New Zealand might have led the foiling agenda for over a decade and have two consecutive America's Cup wins to prove it, but they now want to set a speed record on land. We find out why... and how.

So, on the face of it, it's a mixed up world but the speed sailing scene is an exciting one, especially when you look at the radical machines that these teams are developing.

But there's more in this episode including why building a classic J-Class yacht is child's play. Then, there's a report on who shone at this year's Caribbean 600, an offshore modern classic that proved once again to be just as tough as its reputation.

Plus, we have another double helping of Docktalk.

Episode 17 Contents:
00:46 Syroco speed campaign
03:58 SP80 speed Project
05:09 Emirates Team New Zealand land speed record
13:56 Ice yachting
15:41 Docktalk Part 1
18:56 Lego J-Class
20:00 Caribbean 600
26:37 Docktalk Part 2
31:05 State of the art foiling Moth

Oyster 595
11th Hour Racing Team
Aegean 600
Southern Wind
J Boats J/45

RYA Dinghy & Watersports Show
Oyster 595 On Test
Oyster 595 On Deck the full tour
Oyster 595 Accommodation the full tour
Oyster 595 Heart of the machine systems and services

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