‘Sail-plane’ to attempt world speed record

Forty seven-year-old Australian "adrenaline junkie" Sean Langman will attempt to break the 50-knot sailing speed barrier with his half sailboat, half plane, after a serious crash last summer. Langman, a shipyard owner and yachtsman, is intent on beating the French-set record within the next few weeks, with the “Wot Rocket,” a canoe-style pod with a nine meter-long rigid sail. The Wot Rocket is waiting for confirmation from the World Sailing Speed Record Council to attempt, once again, an unprecedented technology known as “supercavitation” — sailing just above the water in a gas bubble created by the deflection of water.