In 2015, Hannah White will attempt to make history. In a purpose-built, state of the art machine, Hannah aims to not only break the women’s speed record over one nautical mile, but become the first woman to ever set that record above the 40 knot barrier.
To achieve this, Project Speedbird will bring together technological and engineering innovation with Hannah’s determination and physical ability. Every aspect will require intense training and optimisation. Every element pushed to peak performance. The question will be answered: how fast can she go?
The design of Project Speedbird will herald a new era in speed sailing, where high tech art meets the science of speed.
A specialist team of the world’s best boat designers, engineers and builders will produce a purpose-built speed machine using the latest technological advances developed by F1, the America’s Cup and Moto GP teams.
The 6 metre boat will be designed to maximise performance over a short, straight distance. The hull will be incredibly light – weighing just 8kg – providing an exceptional power to weight ratio. An advanced, carbon composite foil will lift the aerodynamically (not hydrodynamically) designed hull one metre out of the water. Project Speedbird will literally fly over the water.