New Speed Records

velocitek

Since announcing the Aero Speed Challenge we've had a bunch of new entries besting the initial entry I set. Here are the current best efforts (ordered).

Send Your Entries

Please email me your best results with conditions, description and picture. Mail to mob@emobrien.com.

Eric Aker 14.1 Knots (peak 15.0)

erik No selfie with cheesy grin and GPS reading, but report and screenshot instead;

Derek Stow comments; "Eric Aker and I were out sailing our Aeros with 7 rigs on Lake Massapoag near Boston (USA) 20th May on relatively flat water in a gusty, shifty north-westerly after a cold front went through. Eric had a GPS device on his boat and recorded a maximum speed over 10 seconds of 14.1 knots. Maximum speed over one second was 15.0 knots. Any points in red are 13.0 knots or greater.

The recording device was a Garmin eTrex 10 set to record a track point every second. According to the NOAA 3-day weather history at Norwood Airport (5 miles away) the wind was 17 mph, gusting to 30 mph, at 3:53 PM.

Screenshot authenticating the maximum speed of 15.0 knots over 1 second."

Peter Barton and Katie 12.5 Knots

katie "I finally remembered my GPS today. Katie and I were 2up and whilst we only managed a mediocre 12.5kn we would like to lay (current) claim to the RS Aero 2up World Speed Record! We had to visit the Lymington Sea Water Baths first to play on the inflatables as it closed a 5pm and unfortunately the breeze dropped off during that time.""

  • Max Speed: 12.5kn
  • Rig: RS Aero 7.
  • Location: Lymington River
  • Wind: 17kn average, gusting 20kn at Lymington platform
  • Sea State: Small chop, negligible tide
  • GPS: Garmin Foretrex 401

Even with my 26kg skipper onboard we were still lighter than other similar sized dinghies!

Michael O'Brien 12.4 Knots

mob

Here is my first attempt. Today was 22 knots at Shilshole Seattle. Wind from the south with a short, steep chop. Slight flood tide across the course. Doug Stumberger (#1249) and I did a few broad reaches and I clocked: 12.4 Knots.