Paul Larsen

Project leader, pilot and media/promotion

Australian born country boy Paul has a history of sailing some of the wildest and fastest boats ever to grace the oceans. He has always sailed multihulls but tasted real speed when delivering the 86 foot Commodore Explorer to Japan with Skip Novak. Paul stayed onboard as crew for the successful 1998 Trans-Pacific attempt to San Francisco with Bruno Peyron. Inspired, Paul left Oz in search of bigger and faster boats still. This quest lead him through 60 foot trimarans to Pete Goss and the revolutionary Team Philips upon which he crewed until its untimely demise.


On the morning of ‘The Race’, a non-stop, no rules round the world race in maxi-multihulls he joined Tony Bullimore on Legato for a very long and difficult circumnavigation. An Atlantic attempt followed on Team Adventure as did success in the double handed Transat-Jacque Vabre race to Brazil in 2001 with former Team Philips crew member Alex Bennett (and again in 2003). Early in 2002 Paul joined Tracy Edwards Maiden II campaign for a successful record breaking season which included the cross-channel, Round Britain and Ireland and to Paul, ultimately the outright 24 hour record where as watch-leader and helmsman he was part of the team that covered 694.7 miles in a single day at an astonishing average of just under 29 knots. A speed sailing highlight in anyone's books.


Paul has continued sailing throughout the Vestas SailRocket project including a winning non-stop circumnavigation in the Oryx quest, a double handed lap of Britain with Pete Goss on the 30 foot Seacart trimaran and even a Little America's Cup in radical wing sailed C-class catamarans.


The Vestas SailRocket project is a realisation of his ultimate dream to sail the fastest boat on the planet.


This goal is firmly in Paul's sights.

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