RCR Laser, a division of the multi-disciplinary engineering group, RCR Tomlinson recently sponsored Michel Van Der Pligt’s attempt to go faster than anyone else at The Sandy Point windsurfing speed week in Victoria.
RCR Laser’s sponsorship was based on the synergies that Van Der Pligt’s endeavour had with their own daily operations and equipment: technology, speed and accuracy.
Michel required the latest technology to ensure that he was able to cut through the water as fast as possible. A high-end carbon fibre board of only 50 litres in volume was required to ensure that the board remained controllable at high speed in gale force conditions.
The sails, made from Kevlar cross-ply material using internal battens that gave it a wing-like configuration represented the pinnacle of sail design technology.
The 4.6-metre long mast made from carbon fibre was strong and flexible, which allowed for a constant curve when tensioned. The boom was also carbon fibre and extremely stiff, fitted with adjustable harness lines to enable a quick ‘hook in’ to the harness when blasting across the water.
The location for the competition was Sandy Point, Wilsons Promontory in Victoria, chosen for its strong south-westerly winds straight off Bass Straight and flat water conditions that swept across the narrow sand spit separating Shallow Inlet from Waratah Bay.
Michel succeeded in his personal goal of exceeding 40 knots by reaching a speed of 42.1 knots or 77.88km/h. This speed placed Michel 2nd in the competition and put him in the top twenty globally for high speed sailing records. 50 knots or 92.5 km/h is the supreme target in world speed sailing.
RCR Laser wishes to congratulate Michel on his achievement and wishes him well in future endeavours.
RCR Laser utilises highly tuned laser equipment designed to cut fast in its daily operations and is always looking to continually improve its technology and systems.
RCR Laser’s activities include precision laser cutting services, high-speed manufacturing as well as value-adding services such as metal folding, tapping, welding, painting and galvanising.