Wot Rocket test run - latest pix

Lifting the Pod is proving to be a problem - Wot Rocket’s run up to official attempt on the 500m world speed sailing record.
Sergio Dionisio/Wot Rocket
Australia's Wot Rocket team of Sean Langman and Martin 'Tacka'Thompson are still waiting for the right conditions on Sydney's Botany Bay to set the half sailboat, half sailplane loose. Early trials have not provided enough breeze and this week the Wot Rocket team were blasted off the water as winds of 25-50 knots have hit Sydney.

Here are some more photos taken by photographer Sergio Dionisio.
Wot Rocket sailing craft during a test run in the lead up to official attempt on the 500m world speed sailing record.
Sergio Dionisio/Wot Rocket
Wot Rocket's notice of intention to make an attempt on the 500m world speed sailing record has now been lodged with the World Sailing Speed Record Council in the UK.

The Aussie mavericks are hoping the Council will approve the use of a Trimble GPS receiver, which will record their speed, by the end of the week.

Once they have the green light, two Speed Council representatives will be on standby for 28 days, the window allocated for an official attempt, to check the GPS's calibration and ratify the time should Wot Rocket smash through the current record of 49.09 knots.

Thanks to a diet of 'emotional stress' Langman has intentionally dropped three kilos. Other luxuries like water bottle holders have also been removed from Wot Rocket's pod, shaving precious grams off the overall weight.

With Wot Rocket heading back to the workshop for further modifications, including additional bulkheads, the next test sail, which may become the first official attempt depending on the Council's advice, is scheduled for next week.


Pilot Sean Langman (L) and co-pilot Martin ’Tacka’ Thompson are waiting for better conditions ahead of a test sail for the Wot Rocket sailing craft, in run up to official attempt on the 500m world speed sailing record.
Sergio Dionisio/Wot Rocket
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Sponsors of Wot Rocket

Noakes Boat & Shipyards, Graeme Wood, founder of Australasia's number one accommodation website Wotif.com, Nexus, Warringah Plastics, Harken, Gurit Australia and Superyachting.