Mike Cooke from Bristol has set a new UK speed record of 28.8 knots. This is now the fastest recorded time in the UK and has surely opened the door to the elusive 30 knot club.
Mike Cooke tells us how it was done….
“Well conditions were pretty hostile to be honest, but with my wingman badger egging me on we decided to take to the skies. Some pretty big blasts down the lake saw Badger going into a 5g inverted dive that ended in a big ball of spray, his black box was later recovered recording 27.5 knots. I barely got away with my wings in a 30 knot puff but was rewarded with a big score at 28.8.
Conditions were starting to get really wild after that so we retired to the hard deck for a nice cuppa”
Kevin Ellway, the designer of the Ninja and Ninja foils said “The foil design is the culmination of hundreds of hours of 2D and 3D CFD modelling combined with 3 degree of freedom dynamic system modelling. This should provide a foil system which can win around the racecourse over the wide range of sailing conditions we experience in the UK and Europe.
The foils have performed as predicted during initial sailing trials and performance looks very promising. As ever, however, the proof of the pudding is around the racetrack, so it will be interesting to see how the season unfolds.”
Mike Cooke sailed his Ninja to 10th place at the 2011 Bloody Mary, making him top foiler on the day. Alex Adams was next in line, in 25th, also using Ninja foils.
2011 is shaping up to be a good year already!
It’s been a busy summer at Aardvark HQ. We’ve been knocking out Ninjas as fast as we can manage and have plenty on the books going forward. If you are after a new Moth to take on the world, you’d better get in touch fast before we’re all booked up!
Jason Belben sailed his Ninja to 10th place at the recent Moth Euros in Switzerland, with a couple of top 5 positions during the event. Mike Cooke and Ben Paton both featured in the top 20. Both sailors spent very little time on the water before the event, suggesting that good things are to come next season.
The UK Moth Nationals are down in Torbay, starting this Thursday. It should be a great event, so keep an eye on www.int-moth.org.uk for the latest news…
Mike Cooke, sailing the first of the 2010 Ninja,s took first in the foiler fleet at the Steve Nicholson race with two race wins. Alex Adams was runner up, sailing a Mistress 3 fitted with Ninja foils.
Cookie had a battle on his hands in the first race with a snakes and ladders style race. There were lots of holes and plenty of opportunities to mess it up. Cookie took the win from Alex in a close finish. The second race was in a bit more breeze, allowing Ninja Tuna to show her stuff. Cookie took the win by over half a lap, causing the race committee some confusion in the process!
Katherine Knight took to the skies over the weekend in her new Floppy. The foiling Oppy was dreamed up by Adam May a good few years back and it’s great to see the project come to life – especially as the Floppy is powered by Aardvark foils!
While Adam missed the fully airborne shot (followed by an abrupt crash, I would imagine with that blunt bow!) she shows plenty of potential. I’m sure there will be more to come!
Here is the first picture of the new 2010 Ninja in action down in Torquay. She promises to be a beauty!
The UK Moth Nationals took place last week and saw a new national champion crowned! Cookie, sailing the prototype Ninja, took three race wins and the overall trophy after a hard fought battle with Rod Harris in his Prowler Zero and Mike Lennon in his Mach two.
Full event report is here…