Paul Larsen

It was 27 November 2007, Walvis Bay, Namibia. We had overstayed one sponsorship and still hadn’t shown the potential of Sailrocket, in which we were trying to break the 40-knot barrier.

It had never occurred to me that the project might fail, but with four days left to get a result, the worst had happened – we’d wiped out. We’d had a nagging problem with steerage and on this occasion, the boat had spun out of control into the beach. The wind got under the wing, picked it up and …..

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