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L’Hydroptère breaks the 50 knots barrier

The foiler announces 100 km/h as top speed in the South of France

Saturday 5 September 2009Christophe Guigueno

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The Hydrofoiler team announces on its site to have broken the 50 knots barrier dring speed Speed #speedsailing sessions in Hyères in the South of France. It would have even improved its performances during the all day. The foil Foil #foil machine would have thus exceeded the 51 knots over 500 meters. A performance realized under the control of the WSSRC and which could become the new world speed Speed #speedsailing records over the distance standard.

Alain Thébault and his crew sailed by “only” 20 to 25 knots of wind.

They would have also beaten the speed Speed #speedsailing records on one nautical mille with an average speed Speed #speedsailing of 47,8 knots. One remembers that this was the top speed of the 40 meters long trimaran Banque Populaire V at the time of its record Record #sailingrecord on the Atlantic last month.

On its side, the Hydrofoil still announces a top speed of 54 knots! That is to say 100 km/h. A speed recorded by the GPS on board…


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