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50,17 knots : L’Hydroptère gets the mile record

Alain Thébault breaks the 50 knots barrier over one nautical mile

jeudi 12 novembre 2009Christophe Guigueno

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Two monthes after the outright record Record #sailingrecord over 500 meters, l’Hydroptère, the 60 feet foiler has conclued its mediterrannean record Record #sailingrecord breaking campaign with another record. The fastest sailboat of the world make an impressive 50,17 knots over one nautical mile ( 92,91 km/h). Alain Thébault and his ten men crew broke the record in Hyères, south of France, on Sunday 8 november in 28 knots of north-west wind.

- Alain Thébault : “For 30 years, passion and daring have carried me forward, but this victory really belongs to our indomitable, tight-knit team. The historic record Record #sailingrecord of more than 50 knots over one nautical mile is powerful because it lies at the frontier between the twin capacities of this extraordinary flying trimaran that is both a high-speed craft and an ocean-going sailboat. Our team now holds the top two speed records in the world, 51.36 knots over 500 metres and 50.17 knots over one nautical mile, and we can now concentrate on ocean sailing in 2010."

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l’Hydroptère records

- 2 February 2005 : Crossing the Channel fastest than Blériot’s plane
- 4 April 2007 : Two speed records.
- 4 September 2009 : outright record : 51,36 knots / 500 metres. top speed : 55,5 knots (103 km/h) in Hyères (France).
- 8 November 2009 : Record over one mille : 50,17 knots in Hyères

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