Live from a fine champagne hangover...

Post launch greetings to all.

Well, yesterday was brilliant and firstly I want to give thanks to all those who helped the whole day go off smoothly. Although we had planned to do a trial launch a few days earlier, the timing wasn't right and the tide was out. We did do a trial hoist with a crane and Mark Lloyd took a heap of great photos, which you can see in the Gallery. For that trial there wasn't a breath of wind so we were a bit nervous on the launch day as there was a little bit of breeze about.

These days always get busy and there are so many great friends and supporters gathered. You want to go and have a good chat with them all but don't always get the chance. It's great just knowing your friends are there.

A launch is a great focal point of a project. You have reached a significant milestone on a long journey. You let your new creation realise what it is by introducing it to the water for the first time. Seeing our new boat risks having a big identity crisis, it's about time we started giving her some solid hints.

We made some speeches at the start with our first boat sitting fully rigged on one side and the new boat hiding under a big spinnaker on the other side. It gave me a lot of confidence to have the first boat there. The new boat is ambitious, no doubt about it. That first boat sat there like our teams degree in speed sailing.  The time came for us to stop talking and reveal the new boat for the first time. I was aware how quiet everyone was as the covers came off. I guess it's quite a creation to take in. We lifted the boat and turned her around under the crane before raising the new wing. The naming honours were given to Finn Strom Madsen from VESTAS. Finn is the head of VESTAS R+D globally and has been right behind us and the new boat right from the start. It was a pleasure to see the fine Pol Roger champagne hit that lovely carbon bow. 

Pol Roger gave us a big help with supplying the great champagne. If there is one thing I believe in at a launch it's having a plentiful supply of ice cold, top quality champagne. These builds can be long drawn out processes and you owe it to everyone who has helped make it happen. You can also use it as an incentive reward to make the crane driver to pay attention.

The time came and up she went. It was high tide in the Medina. With Cowes basking in the spring sunshine as a backdrop she left my grasp and swung out over the water before being lowered gently in. We all clapped and just absorbed the moment. Although it wasn't part of the plan, I got Matty to come over in the RIB and pick me up. I had to climb in her to see how the bow would sit... actually, that's a lie... I just wanted to sit in her on the water full stop. As I climbed in and out of the cockpit I wondered how many adventures we would now be having in this new setting. When will that day finally come when I can climb out of that cockpit knowing that a world record is in the bag? I could feel the boat being pulled around by the small gusts so I jumped back in the rib and we lifted her out. It was with great relief that she was lowered gently back onto the shore. That was it. We had launched the boat. The UK had delivered us a gorgeous day and the champagne flowed. The crane drivers left with their champagne rewards.

We answered some questions to the crowd and just enjoyed the moment. There were many so many people there who had been touched by the project over the years and it was great to catch up with them all. So many of them had helped us at critical times... even if only with a well placed bit of encouragement. I felt a lot of good will on the day. I think everyone knows that we are not going to have an easy ride and we haven't been given this on a platter.

Some of the girls from Offshore Challenges had come down to lend a hand with the hospitality that they do so well and the boats were being handled by various members of the sailing team over the years. Everyone was having fun and it all just rolled along effortlessly. As the crowd slimmed down we began packing the two boats away, I wondered if they will ever be together again? We rolled the two boats inside for the night. If boats do have souls as we sailors believe they do, then I would like to think that the old boat is proud of the new boat on her big day... not jealous.

As the guys who have worked at VESTAS beside us during the build began to knock off from work, we would pull them over for a glass of champagne. They know what the day meant to us.

Just before dark I was the last one there. I just stood on that empty apron and looked across to Cowes. What a crazy journey this has been. I put the here-and-now moment in the big picture of my life and it all just sort of hit me. For a moment there I was overwhelmed.

As I left to catch up with the others I called some of those who had come on the day and thanked them for... well, for everything. I called Hiskia in Namibia and told him about the big day. We will be with him soon. The boat gets shipped out next Monday and in a month Hiskia will see a slightly more serious launch as she touches the waters of the main arena... Walvis Bay.


So a new leg of the journey begins. On behalf of all the team I am delighted to welcome you all along for the ride. Anything can and probably will happen. We don't expect it to be easy and we know the kiteboarders are very worthy competition. They are all going to be gunning it to stay at number one. It's very difficult to know what they have left in the tank. I personally expect them to be hitting 60 one day. We will have to learn to walk again here. Hopefully it won't be as painful as it was with the first boat. 

Happy days.

Cheers, Paul.



The more I look, the more I wish I could join the team in person instead of just in spirit.

For a speed sailing craft there is a great big "bag of tricks" (i.e. ideas that look good when considered alone). Putting more than a few together and still have a cohesive craft is a challenge.

As I looked the new boat over I was in awe. When you look at the "big tricks" (the stuff that should give the most bang for the buck), this one is just stuffed full. It has much more technology than any other craft ever seen and yet it all seems to all fit together with elegance and a unified sense of purpose.

Assuming the foil cavitation monster is sufficiently kept at bay, this thing looks like it has what it takes to make a big leap in performance. Yeah, some individual parts may not work perfect and some adjusting may be required, but in terms of real technology, the platform potential seems an order of magnitude better than anything else.

Go speed racer Go, oh sorry, Go SR2 Go.


Hi paul,
launch day was something special, we have been walking past the new machine for the last couple of months as she has been put together trying to take it all in on how it would look when it was finished, and hand on heart she did not disappoint !!
I have really enjoyed the banter and helping in a vey small way to help you reach your first goal,
now its down to the A team to put us on the map,
stay safe out there ,
cheers ian

Redux rocket

 Hiya Ian, well the name badge went on for customs purposes the other day. Mick did the honors as witnessed by Dave and Rich. Now when Namibian customs come and look for the registration plate, they will see a little engraved plaque right next to me in the cockpit that says "Redux Rocket 8/03/11". So in a way you will all be coming down the course with me. I'll give it a lucky rub before the big runs! It's the least I can do. You guys have been great. 

Cheers, Paul

New Weapon

Hi Paul and Helena, Well done! Congratulations and good luck.Wish we could be with you but have to get the 5oh up above 15 knots in the next few weeks...its all relative!!!Hope we see you in Weymouth when you get back. I'll save some duty free!!!Crazy and Lyn

Good Luck

Hi Paul,
All the very best with the new beast, at least it looks like you'll have someone with you to help tame her, but then unless I'm wrong it looks like you have got her pretty well sorted and it will just be, hop in, trim the rig and HOLD ON as 60 knots comes and goes.

P.S. Although I admire anyone who does 50 knots on a piece of plastic I cannot recognize a record set with a kite, on a windsurfer/sailboard yes but a kite is not even connected to the board. Soon they'll be setting the record barefoot sking behind a kite.

Ray Warbrick

New boat

Congratulations to you and the team. I'm miles from my beloved Cowes and the Solent, all the way over in Brazil, but enjoyed the pictures and seeing the new boat.

Well done. We'll be following your progress.


Congratulations on the launch of the new model,
she looks great!

Best wishes for the trials in Namibia.
Simon & Sheila Fishwick

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