Taking Flight for a speed record

Richard Mille’s innovation extends beyond depths and classic regattas, soaring to its most ambitious project yet: breaking the World Sailing Speed Record.

All images: © Guillaume Fischer

Partnering with Swiss team SP80, the goal is audacious – to reach 80 knots (150 km/h) using wind power alone. North Thin Ply Technology (NTPT™), renowned for pre-impregnated materials, supplies cutting-edge Carbon TPT® for the boat’s construction.

SP80, founded in 2018 by engineers passionate about sailing, aims to surpass the 2012 record of 65.45 knots (121.21 km/h). Their revolutionary 7-meter-long, 6-meter-wide boat features a hull entirely crafted from Carbon TPT®, propelled by a massive 20-meter kite.

A ‘super-ventilated’ foil maintains stability at high speeds, preventing cavitation, while a patented power management system efficiently channels kite power to the boat’s foil.

Richard Mille’s involvement reflects a shared spirit of innovation and performance with SP80.

Tim Malachard, Marketing Director at Richard Mille, notes, “In this young company, we see the effervescence of an enthusiastic and talented team.”

The SP80 boat recently touched the waters of Lake Geneva, inaugurating testing and optimization for a record attempt in 2024.

Richard Mille’s venture into extreme sailing showcases its commitment to pushing boundaries, innovation, and performance.

Key Project Details:

• 2 years of construction • Maiden voyage on Lake Geneva: August 21, 2023 • Current record: 65.45 knots • New record target: Spring 2024

• Over 40 engineers • Hull made of Carbon TPT® • Dimensions: 7 meters long, 6 meters wide