Verney Yachts are well on their way to a robust and speedy 3D design of their yacht V39-Albatross, but what happens once it’s built? Well then is when the fun really gets going! With their innovative wing-sail and usage of composite materials, the V39-Albatross will glide along on a cushion of air above the water’s surface, and will be piloted like an airplane.
Why are they going to all this effort you may ask?
The main reason the Verney team is approaching the boat’s design and virtual testing with the detailed professionalism of an F1 team is because they’re aiming to break a world record. They’ve publically set themselves the goal – on their website homepage it reads:
“Our Challenge: Set a new world outright sailing speed record at 60 to 65 knots (70 to 75 mph, 110 to 120 km/h)”
As always a world record doesn’t come easily. They have to sail the boat on two timed runs between 500m markers and take the average of the two runs’ speed as the record attempt. Also, as this is a sailing record, no power other wind power may be used. Even the control systems on the boat must be manual.
None of these challenges have put the team off the record attempt, if anything it’s spurred them on! This dedication shows a real Passion for Innovation and I hope that my blog mini-series has given you an insight into the world of Verney Yachts. The work that Verney has done really projects their thoughts and imagination for everyone to see. Cheesy as it is it’s really helped me to understand the phrase “See What You Mean” that we use here at DS.
That’s all for now folks, I’ll keep you updated on the project as it progresses and you can follow them too: www.verneyyachts.com