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    Posted: 23 Jan 07 at 11:59am

Check out the video here - http://www.hydroptere.com/index.php4?lang=EN
 
 

L'HYDROPTERE HAS EXCEEDED THE 45 KNOT BARRIER

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Samedi 20 janvier 2007

Today, l’Hydroptère reached the record speed of 46.5 knots and, according to our measurement system, she beat the 500 meter distance record in her category as well as the absolute record for the nautical mile.

After a few training sessions spent on the adjustment of the boat, l'Hydroptère has now entered a new phase of "Performance" from the beginning of January.
The crew is now increasing the number of training sessions to define the best conditions and boat configuration to enable her to reach her first objective.

The first two records Alain Thébault and his crew would like to beat is the 500 meter record, held by Techniques Avancées with 42.12 knots and the Nautical mile record, held by Finian Maynard with 39.97 knots.

Today, during a training session, our measuring system recorded a run at 43.05 knots on 500 meters and 41.74 on one nautical mile which prove the reliability and potential of l'Hydroptère in the 5th version.

The completed improvements on the structure over the last nine months in the shipyard, plus the optimizations carried out since her launch, have made it possible to have a prototype technologically accomplished, with an incredible speed potential.

The speed peak recorded at 46.5 knots proves that the boat and her crew are ready to take up the challenge as soon as possible i.e. the absolute sailing speed record set at 48.7 knots on 500 meters.

Everything is being done to accelerate the certification of the speed reached before Port Haliguen, in Quiberon Bay, in order to make those first speed breaking records official for l’Hydroptère.


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Post Options Post Options   Quote FireballNeil Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 Jan 07 at 9:33pm
Crikey! And i thought we were going quick on the 2-sailer on Sunday eh!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Isis Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Jan 07 at 11:12am
Blimy oh riley...
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they've taken out a slab ... the chickens!
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Lindsay Cunningham's mob have been hamstrung by lack of wind this year, but have clocked up a 45knot 500m in 18 knots of breeze with a 48.42 knot peak...

http://www.macquarie.com.au/speedsailing/updates.htm
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Post Options Post Options   Quote 17mika Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Jan 07 at 12:12am
47.2 knots


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Post Options Post Options   Quote redhotchilicat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Feb 07 at 8:23am

not exactly sure how one goes about pronouncing "L'hydroptere"  -  HOWEVER ME THINKS ME WANTS ONE!!!!!!

Great footage on you tube (or there was a fortnight ago)

go on you know it makes sense
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Black no sugar Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Feb 07 at 9:24am

Repeat after me:

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Post Options Post Options   Quote WildWood Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Feb 07 at 11:41am
L'hydroptere looks much more like a proper sea going boat, rather than the super specialist kit normally used to attempt the speed record.  There are pics of her going uber fast in a whole variety of conditions - the video obviously showing her in some full on seas.  Makes you wonder how long before this type of technology is being used on (for example) offshore cats to attempt long distance records. Mental....
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Post Options Post Options   Quote NickA Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Feb 07 at 10:52pm

Yes indeed:

from www.windjet.co.uk

Additionally, there is the "Hydroptère", a multi-hull with two huge 6 m (20 ft) foils. This craft was designed with longer transatlantic ventures in mind, although has reached speeds of up to 40 kts (46 mph or 74 km/h).

one in the eye for windjet, innovation, sailrocket etc - a relatively normal yacht sailing on proper sea, is faster than any of them, and almost as fast as a windsurfer!

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