- News & Events
- No comments
Project Speedbird and Hannah White Attempting a Record
Broadcaster, adventurer and avid sailor Hannah White has announced that she will attempt to break the current record and become the fastest female sailor in the world. Hannah hopes to do this, by sailing one nautical mile as fast as she can with a custom built boat called Speedbird. If she manages to break the record, Hannah will also achieve another record: becoming the very first woman to set a nautical record speed of over 40 knots. This is equivalent to 74 kilometres per hour.
To achieve the two ambitious records, the intrepid sailor will not only have to rely on her sailing prowess, she will also need a top of the range boat.
The Speedbird was constructed with one thing in mind: speed. Project engineer Dave Chisholm was the mastermind behind creating the swift ship. Chisholm used Land Rover technology to fine tune the basic design, which was based on a hydrofoiling Moth. The state of the art vessel was built using carbon fibre and titanium components. By combining advanced technology with innovative engineering, the end result is an ideal match for Hannah’s determination, physical abilities and sailing skill.
Not just the boat has to be tip top
In the past Hannah has focused on endurance sailing and not high-speed hydrofoils, which makes this even more of a challenge. For her to successfully take control and manoeuvre the Speedbird, Hannah has had to learn how to sail the Moth. To further prepare for the challenge, she has had to develop her physical strength and drop her body weight by between four and six kilograms. The optimum condition of her body is crucial to achieving the high speed she needs to break the records. Her gruelling regime includes a controlled high protein diet, eight hours in the gym and 15 hours of sailing every week. The strength and determination already shown by this fearless adventurer are exactly the kind of qualities required to break records.
Speedbird on display
Hannah and the team involved with the exciting challenge arranged for the Speedbird to be displayed in London at the Science Museum the last weekend in May 2015 and at the Extreme Sailing Series in Cardiff in late June 2015. The public was invited to visit to view the Speedbird and learn about the science behind this exceptional boat, as well as the fantastic challenge Hannah is facing.