March 2013

Paul Larsen(AUS) & Malcolm Barnsley (GBR)

‘We’ve ripped the arse out of it,’ screamed Paul Larsen after Vestas Sailrocket smashed the world speed record in Namibia. Two days later and Larsen raised his own mark by another 10 per cent to over 65kt. In the final analysis, virtually every one of Sailrocket designer Malcolm Barnsley’s calculations had proved correct, down to the final tweak on the final day. And it all held together
 Why they won
‘Gio [Belgrano] is so totally cool but what a time to be nominated, competing with 65 goddamm knots!’ – Dave Halladay; ‘There can’t be two more deserving winners’ – Fraser Brown; ‘Farewell, kiters’ – Euan Ross; ‘Sensational result!’ – Nick Bubb; ‘It’s taken Malcolm 30 years since we first worked together on a speed project; that is dedication… not to mention the sheer genius of his design’ – Mike Urwin; ‘Paul never once wavered in his self-belief’ – Ian Finlay; ‘Heh, Paul, nice to be the King! I am ready as co-pilot’ – Cam Lewis.