A new record has been set at 1 hour and 56 minutes for Round the Island, the round-the-Isle-of-Wight race in England, aboard an electric-powered boat. Bringing it to fruition was the SpiritBARTech35EF, a 35-foot (10.5-meter) electric foiler with a very small beam, just 2.3 meters, designed by Spirit Yachts and BAR Tech.
SpiritBARTech35EF – A boat designed to fly on water
The sleek and elegant appearance of the hull, with materials such as titanium designed to make the boat light and fast on the water, is matched by the electric motor developed by BAR Tech. Propulsion is delegated to the motor located in the aft T foil and allows the achievement of 30 kts of speed with a range of 100 nautical miles. There are six seats on board, but for the record al boat was adapted with an open cockpit trim and a two-seat spider configuration. The previous record for rounding the Isle of Wight (a total distance of about 51 nautical miles) with an electric boat was about six hours, and BAR Tech had claimed it could more than halve it with its attempt. In the end, the record time recorded during the July 17 attempt, with the SpiritBARTech35EF piloted by Simon Schofield and Ollie Pendleton, went well beyond expectations, falling below two hours.
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