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Per 10th November 2009 08:18 PM

New speed record!!

It seems like the worlds fastest sailing craft is now a trimaran...



agrelon 10th November 2009 08:37 PM

Correct me if I'm wrong but I believe the Hydroptere has been considered the fastest sailing craft for a while now.

Whether they just made it official, though, is another matter.

Papounet 10th November 2009 08:43 PM

Not as new (-:

Per 10th November 2009 08:51 PM

Nope.. You are right, it seems like it happened some six weeks ago. I didn't notice it until now.
I wonder if windsurfing ever will win this title back?
I don't think so. With all respect to Albeau and the other speed guys, the technology behind Hydroptere is just too advanced...


Unregistered 10th November 2009 10:38 PM

the kiters just hit 61k!

Papounet 10th November 2009 11:06 PM


Originally Posted by Unregistered (Post 36969)
the kiters just hit 61k!


Sunday 21st December 2008

l'Hydroptère attained a spectacular speed peak of 61 knots this morning during her first run.

Just one year .......

Per 11th November 2009 01:17 AM

Impressive... But hitting and keeping an average speed over 500 metres are quite different tasks.
Think about an ice boat. With an old fashioned heavy rig it easily hits +100 km/h..
It´s all down to the drag factor. If we can eliminate drag through the water from the board and fin my old 5.75 wave sail can bring me up to 70 knots... ;-))

Papounet 12th November 2009 10:21 PM

New Speed Record on the mille for Hydroptére => 50,17 Knots

Probably it's last one, they stop definitively record campaigns

davide 14th November 2009 03:12 AM

The big news is that they just smashed the nautical mile record: 50.17 knots over a a nautical mile (not 500m but 1852 of those!) in open ocean in 25-30 knots of wind! simply amazing and completely out of reach for any other vessel!

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