The reason for this exciting comeback is the 50th anniversary of the Weymouth Speed Week. This spectacular event was the one that started officially timing the speed of the fastest sailing boats back in the ‘70s. This year, it will take place between October 15 and 21 at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Centre. And Sailrocket 2, literally a piece of sailing history, is most likely the greatest attraction this year.
A decade ago, on November 24, 2012, Larsen blew everyone away sailing at an average speed of 65.45 knots (75 mph/121 kph) over the 500-meter (1,640 feet) course in Walvis Bay, Namibia. This became the new world speed record that has not been challenged ever since. An asymmetric wing-sailed speed vessel, Sailrocket 2 was built in East Cowes, UK, but launched in Namibia because it required particular conditions.
This is obviously no ordinary watercraft, which is why it’s not expected to be able to show all that it can do at Weymouth. It won’t have the right conditions for that. However, even if it won’t be able to reach the same greatness, it’s a rare opportunity to watch this beast in action.