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Sights set on world speed sailing record

It’s built specifically for speed and nothing else.

The Australian-built Vestas Sailrocket 2 is currently in Walvis Bay, Namibia, where it will attempt to break the world speed sailing record.

Designed and built from the ground up with a focus on speed, the boat and the VSR2 team have headed to Walvis Bay in Namibia with the aim of breaking the outright world speed sailing record for the short distance 500 meters (1,640 feet) of 55.65 knots (64 mph) set in October 2010 by American kite-surfer Rob Douglas.

In 2008, the original Vestas Sailrocket 1 boat hit speeds of more than 52 knots in Walvis Bay, Namibia, but failed to clinch the outright record before flipping as it approached record-breaking speeds.

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