A New Look at Some Old Sailing Speed Records

By Richard Boehmer, published May 1979

Abstract

The fastest day’s run ever made under sail by the Champion of the Seas in 1854, 465 nautical miles, and the next nine claimed fastest runs are all missing their official ship’s logs and have subsequently been long under question. Using a mathematical technique called Time Related and Equivalent Performance (TREP) to assess the best runs of similar ships over longer periods and by taking the average daily run this paper is able to establish that a run such as that claimed by the Champion of the Seas are entirely possible in ideal conditions.

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Filed under: Atlantic | Other (Nineteenth C) | Indian Ocean
Subjects include: Miscellaneous | Ship Handling & Seamanship

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