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ANOTHER SPEED SAILING RECORD

Wednesday November 18th, 2009
ANOTHER NEW WORLD SPEED RECORD FOR THÉBAULT
Yet another new world speed record has been achieved by the radical 60ft Hydrofoil trimaran, Hyrdroptere. Alain Thébault, Thierry Lombard and their team averaged a speed of 50.17 knots over a distance of 1 nautical mile in 28knnot winds off Hyeres, Province on Novenber 8th. The record is subject to ratification by the World Speed Sailing Record Council.
'This great human and technological adventure is backed today by two prestigious firms that solidify our roots. The arrival of Audemars Piguet alongside private bankers Lombard Odier moves me deeply. This strong support is a great motivational force for me and the team. In an ongoing humble family spirit, our ambition is now to unfurl our wings on the open seas, collectively and around the world,' said Thébault

Philippe Merk, CEO of Audemars Piguet, the project's new sponsors said, 'Thanks to this historic double record, l'Hydroptère is confirmed as the fastest sailcraft on the planet. This exceptional performance is a tribute to the work of a determined and experienced team, which developed and implemented revolutionary and innovative solutions.'
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