Volume 2, Issue 12
New World Sailing Speed Record Set!
l'Hydroptère, the French foiling trimaran became the fastest yacht on the planet recently, setting a new record for the 500 meter mark of 51.36 knots, thus beating the previous record set by kitesurfer Alex Caizergues who held the previous record of 50.57kts set in Namibia last year.
The records were established at Hyères, France (and are subject to the ratification of the WSSRC). A westerly wind of 28 kts was blowing.
During the run Skipper Alain Thébault and his crew hit 55,5 kts (103 km/h) and a set a mean velocity of 51.36 kts over the 500 meter course.
A parallel project, is in the course of manufacture. Hydroptère.ch, an experimental platform which will sail on Lake Léman, will be launched in spring 2010 and will be used as demonstrator for the development of the maximum sized hydrofoiler, which will sail/fly around the world. Three records are targeted: the Atlantic, the Pacific, and round the world tour.
See this incredible video of the record being broken here:
CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO OF NEW WORLD RECORD
Prout Catamarans will have a new Prout 45 on display at the Annapolis Boat Show (Oct 8-12, 2009) and we invite you to join us at the Show. For tickets contact Stephen Cockcroft at 804.815.5054.