Images From Wot Rocket's Recent Practice Run

Wot Rocket flashes past port Botany as she winds up to 20 knots ready to engage the front foil. - Wot Rocket
On Tuesday this week the Australian designed and built Wot Rocket made two fast runs on Sydney's Botany Bay in a cold 15 knot southwesterly. Wot Rocket is racing to break the 50 knot speed barrier.

Reaching speeds in excess of 20 twenty knots she lifted briefly onto her forward foil before steering problems brought her to an abrupt halt on both occasions.

Despite the problems Skipper Sean Langman and his team were clearly pleased with progress on the project. 'This is another good step in the right direction' said a smiling Langman as his craft was towed back to shore.

The Wot Rocket team have been progressively upgrading the steering system over recent weeks with particular attention to the extensive linkage rods, which need to be lightweight but which must also not flex under pressure.

It is expected that Wot Rocket will make her official attempt at the World Sailing Speed Record during August.

Wot Rocket will be on display at the Sydney International Boat Show, from next Thursday, at the Sailing Stage in Hall 2

Crosbie Lorimer photographed this week's practice run.

Wot Rocket starts a new run - Wot Rocket

Wot Rocket bears away and starts to wind up speed - Wot Rocket

Wot Rocket’s support crew carry out running repairs to the wing sheeting system - Wot Rocket

Wot Rocket flashes past port Botany as she winds up to 20 knots ready to engage the front foil. - Wot Rocket

Wot Rocket hits 20+ knots just lifting onto her front foil - Wot Rocket

Wot Rocket nearing 25 knots starts going in to nose down mode - Wot Rocket

Wot Rocket comes to an abrupt halt - Wot Rocket

Martin Thompson and Sean Langman give the thumbs up after a successful day on the water - Wot Rocket