A yacht that went out to sea in the Southern Ocean has set a new world record after breaking the previous record of 5,000 metres.
The Shaq was launched on Monday morning off the Queensland coast and was taking to the water at speeds of around 150 kilometres per hour when it hit the sea off South Australia.
It was only after it was in the water for several hours that the crew realised the boat was underwater and called the authorities.
The yacht was taken to the dock and then towed to shore.
Shaq owner Andrew Nel, from the Queensland Government, said he and his crew were not happy about the record and had been planning to set the record for years.
“We’ve been trying to get it to this point for about four years, so we’ve been really, really, trying,” he said.
“We’re very excited about the achievement, but we have some concerns about the timing of the record.”
I think the time of the boat breaking the record will be the most important thing to understand for our future.
“It will be a little bit of a shock to the system, to say the least, because this will be our fourth record.”
Shaq will be put on display in Brisbane later this week and Nel said he hoped the record would encourage other boats to follow suit.
“The first time I’ve seen it in a boat is in my childhood when we were sailing the Sea of Cortez, so it’s definitely a bit of an eye opener,” he told ABC Radio Melbourne.
He said the record had been set by a number of other boats.
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