Project SpeedBird Blog

New Year, New Plans

At the start of every new year resolutions are made, plans are concocted and before you know it your personal and professional roadmap for the year lies in front of you - invariably on a scrappy piece of paper. I can absolutely confirm that all my plans for 2017 have already been thrown out of the window, and this is why!! The last 2 years in the world of Hannah White have been a whirlwind of hydrofoils and wetsuits. Just under 2 years ago I launched Project Speedbird, my bid to become the fastest women on the water over 1 nautical mile. Optimistically and maybe naively ...

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The A500 Record Attempt Is Live

Hannah is ready to make an attempt on the A500 starting next week, weather permitting. The attempt could take place any time between Monday 24th October and Friday 4th November 2016 - a window of 2 weeks. This will be our last opportunity for 2016. The attempt will take place at Grafham Water in Cambridgeshire. Further information will be published here. Please check back for announcements.

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When the going gets tough…

…the tough get going… or so Billy Ocean reckoned anyway! It’s been a while since my last update, and quite honestly, it is no surprise. The weeks and months have flashed past. Since the end of last year Speedbird has been rebuilt, stripped right back to the bare carbon, modifications made and refinements worked on. My sailing got worse, but has now got better again. I got married, had a honeymoon, became a year older and most crucially we have battled some of the most unstable weather conditions you could imagine. Here we are in the second week in April, and ...

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Hannah is now a Guinness World Record Holder

Hannah is now the Guinness World Record Holder for the fastest crossing of the English Channel in a single-handed dinghy. “I am delighted to receive this Guinness World Record . It is the culmination of the hard work of the whole team on this project and I am looking forward to breaking more records in 2016."

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A New Guinness World Record!

A New Guinness World Record
Huge congratulations to Hannah who today successfully crossed the English Channel in her Moth in 3hrs 44mins 39secs, and sets a new Guinness World Records™ title for 'The fastest crossing of the English Channel in a single-handed dinghy'. This incredible feat was undertaken to help Hannah prepare for her speed sailing world record attempt in 2016, particularly with her transition from endurance sailing.

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Live Tracking of Channel Crossing

Hannah will make history on Thursday 4 June 2015 when she attempts to 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 takes place just a week after the launch of Project Speedbird – a world record bid to become the fastest woman on water over one nautical mile. After setting off from Cap de Gris in France, Hannah and her Moth – an 11’ (3.35m) sail-powered dinghy constructed of carbon ...

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Project Speedbird At The Science Museum

Project Speedbird are delighted to announce that Hannah White will be unveiling Speedbird at the Science Museum, London. From Tuesday 26th May until Thursday 28th May, Hannah and the team will be on hand at the museum displaying the advanced carbon fibre, purpose built machine along with David Chisholm, Project Speedbird Technical Director. The Science Museum is the very epicentre of science, medicine, technology, industry and media. With over five million visitors each year and an unrivalled collection, it is one of the most significant museums of science and innovat...

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In search of Speed….

Building a boat is an ancient art. Our ancestors discovered that lashing tree trunks together would get you afloat and at some point after that discovered that purposefully shaping those timbers made things significantly easier to paddle and probably soon after that, that removing weight allowed more warriors, or fish, or livestock to be carried across water. Better technology was just under the surface at every stroke. Paddling is hard work and difficult on a swell yet the wind has always been free. The first sails were made just to catch the wind. Later someone ...

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