THE CHALLENGE

„The FAST One“ will challenge the existing world record in global circumnavigation, under the  rules of the UIM. This world record attempt will also be accomplished with attention to environmental aspects.

Our mission requires a perfectly orchestrated coordination of all parts relevant for our success: a highly professional, trained crew, the best available preparation, the optimal boat with the highest possible standard, the highest degree of reliability and excellent logistics.

Another key factor is the efficiency and performance of our platform:

„The Fast One“ is a hybrid catamaran featuring fixed foils, thus combining the advantages of a bare planning hull with those of a pure hydrofoil concept. Combined with a functional, aerodynamically sophisticated design an extremely powerful overall package will be created. This will allow for a performance improvement of approx. 40% or more and enable us to cruise at a speed of 40 kn and more, even under adverse sea conditions.

The anticipated high cruising speed in almost all weather and visibility conditions require the use of very advanced on-board electronic and optic equipment. A long-range scan and the observation of the sea surface on the course track has to be ensured in order to avoid collision with semisubmerged obstacles and objects. The most advanced equipment for that purpose has been secured for our mission.

During the circumnavigation „The Fast One“ will be monitored and supported by our logistics, communications and PR team.

The German SAR organisation DGzRS is coordinating all global rescue missions in their Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre / MRCC Bremen and we have been offered to use their facility for our tracking purposes. A special communications- and monitoring facility to be used for our sponsors and partner is being planned as well.

We strongly believe in the hydrofoil technology and with “The Fast One” we will build the world’s safest, fastest and most efficient powerboat!

RULES FOR THE WORLD RECORD

We will conduct the race in accordance to the rules set by the Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM). The UIM was founded in 1992 and is based in Monaco. Today the UIM is home to 60 national organisations and is the only official body worldwide responsible for all motorized water sports competitions.

The UIM is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

It also sets the framework conditions and rules for the planned world record rounding with a motorized fast watercraft:

  • Starting point freely selectable
  • Time and date freely selectable
  • Start and end point identical
  • Circumnavigation in the direction of East-West or West-East (about 23,000 miles / 42,000 km)
  • All longitudes are to be crossed
  • Panama and Suez Canal are to pass
  • Refueling is only allowed in ports
  • Time measurement takes place from start to finish including all refueling , replenishment
  • and maintenance times
  • Boat length less than 50 m
  • Boat complies to the safety standards of international classification societies

THE ROUTE

Decisions on the preferred route have to comply with the framework defined by the governing Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM):

  • Starting point freely selectable
  • Start and end point identical
  • Circumnavigation in the direction of East-West or West-East (about 23,000 nautical miles / 42,000 km)
  • All longitudes are to be crossed
  • Panama and Suez Canal are to pass

Due to the anticipated weather and current conditions on the oceans, we will adapt our route planning to our time window. This could be one scenario:

The Team

Core-Team

Joachim Pihl

Project Coordination
Competition Team

Frank Hartmann

Marketing
Public Relations

Hans Gerd Gerdsen

Engineering
Construction

Hendrik Weber

Design
Aerodynamics

Ralph Ellenberger

Competition Team
Logistics

Andreas Brensing

Competition Team
Safety

Karl-Günter Hoppe

Hydro Foil System
Propulsion

Carsten Saber

Competition Team
Logistics

Anja Kastner

Training
Competition Psychology

The History

USS Triton

1959 – 83 Days : 9 Hours : 54 Minutes

In 1959, the US Navy put the nuclear submarine ``USS Triton`` into service. In direct competition with Soviet submarine technology, the USS Triton was to document its extraordinary performance through a global circumnavigation run. The main objective of the project was to cover the distance without surfacing. This project failed only due to a medical emergency on board, there was never a purely technical need for the submarine to surface. The ``USS Triton`` covered the track in 83 days: 9 hours: 54 minutes. Back then, this was a great achievement and received a great deal of public attention. A top speed of about 27 knots underwater was the new benchmark in the western world. - Image: Wikipedia

Cable and Wireless Adventurer

1098 – 74 Days: 20 Hours : 58 Minutes

The ``Cable and Wireless Adventurer``, designed by Nigel Irens, was an aesthetic masterpiece. Due to the very long and exceptionally slim fuselage construction, the ``Cable and Wireless Adventurer`` was perfectly geared for long distances from a hydrodynamic point of view. Under these conditions, the skipper Ian Bosworth was able to break the world record previously set by the USS Triton and finish his tour after 74 days: 20 hours: 58. - Image: Nigel Irens Design

Earthrace

2008 – 60 Days : 23 Hours : 49 Minutes

To improve the cable and wireless adventurer's world record, the LOMOcean Design team had to break new ground. In fact, the Earthrace was sort of a clever combination of the submarine ``USS Triton`` and the trimaran ``Cable and Wireless Adventurer``. Due to its aerodynamics and hydrodynamics, the ``Earthrace`` was designed to take the direct route between two points! This meant that the ``Earthrace``, very much like a torpedo, cut through the waves with high energy, putting the ship’s structure under enormous stress. And stressful it was for the crew as well. But this concept enabled the skipper Pete Bethune on 27.06.2008 to set a new benchmark with 60 days: 23 hours: 49 minutes. Image: Earthrace Conversation

SEARCH AND RESCUE

For ages, man has been fighting the forces of nature. We pay tribute to all the women and men who have made it their mission to save people from distress at sea.

Through the use of modern life-saving equipment in the industrialized nations this fight against the forces of nature can be decided to a certain extent in favor of man.

Unfortunately, there is no reliable nationwide rescue network available in developing countries. Where individuals are still dependent on the sea as a source of food, the most tragic accidents occur outside the public’s focus.

Global warming, in the form of more frequent storms, will exacerbate the situation on these shores.

Together with our supporter DGzRS “Deutsche Gesellschaft zur Rettung Schiffbrüchiger” and partner rescue services of other nations, we want to place our world record attempt in the focus of rescue missions at the high seas.

Upon completion of our challenge we plan to convert our ship to the most modern and fastest SAR unit in the world. We intend to make our record breaking ship available to the SAR service as a high-tech platform and to further support the rescue service. Therefore our ship should always be where the help is most needed.

Did you know that drowning is the number three cause of death worldwide?

Support our mission now!

JOIN THE CHALLENGE

The successful challenge of the world record in global circumnavigation will be based on state-of-the-art technology, perfect logistics and top team performance – but it will only become possible through our sponsors and their support with material and financial resources. We offer our sponsors an absolutely unique platform for their brand communication. The global circumnavigation event as well as the training phase hold a great potential for dynamic brands. Get in touch – we have developed a multi-level sponsorship program! Welcome on board!

Contact

You would like to become a partner / sponsor or you have questions / suggestions regarding the media and public relations, please contact us: f.hartmann [at] the-fast-one.com

If you would like information on project planning or would like to contact our competition team, please contact us: j.pihl [at] the-fast-one.com