Project Speedbird sets new Guinness World Record with Land Rover

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Hannah White sets a Guinness World Record™ title for the ‘Fastest crossing of the English Channel in a single-handed dinghy’

Sailor, broadcaster and Land Rover Global Ambassador, Hannah White today made history when she set a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title (pending official ratification by Guinness World Records) for the ‘Fastest crossing of the English Channel in a single-handed dinghy’. Hannah’s latest accomplishment took place just a week after the launch of Project Speedbird – a world record bid to break the women’s one nautical mile speed record.

After setting off from Cap de Gris in France, Hannah and her Moth – an 11’ (3.35m) sail-powered dinghy constructed of carbon fibre that hydroplanes on two foils – were safely back on terra firma in Dover 3hrs 44mins 39secs later, having successfully negotiated the English Channel, which is one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world.

Hannah’s expertise lies in endurance sailing and this challenge has kick-started the process of her learning to control a high-speed Moth, a task that requires a completely new set of highly specialised skills. Harnessing the Moth’s power requires extreme levels of strength and stamina, and these were factors that constantly challenged Hannah throughout the crossing. Hannah’s transition from endurance to speed sailing could be likened to an ultra-runner retraining to race a 100m sprinter.

Hannah, a Land Rover Global Ambassador who has three solo Atlantic crossings under her belt, commented: “I’m absolutely thrilled to have set this new Guinness World Record! It was a challenging crossing, which required extreme upper body strength for the entire journey. Although I’m mentally and physically exhausted, it now really feels as though the journey has started.

“I’m much more used to an arduous 3,000-mile Atlantic crossing, as opposed to a 24-mile sprint across the Channel, so the transition has been a real eye-opener. Speed sailing requires a very different physiology to long distance races, so this was really an opportunity for me to build my skills over a shorter distance in a hydrofoiling boat. It was a real physical challenge, but my eye is set on the much shorter and much faster one nautical mile record next year.”

All of the team at Captive Minds are thrilled for Hannah and are looking forward to helping her with the next stage of Project Speedbird – breaking the nautical mile speed record!

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