SAILING SPEED RECORD SMASHED
Tuesday September 8th, 2009
The French tri-foiler l'Hydroptère has set a new world sailing speed record in Hyères Harbour. On Fridat 4th September she reached an average speed of 51.6 knots over 500 meters and beat kite surfer Alex Caizergues' record of 50.57 knots he set in Namibia last year. l'Hydroptère also totally smashed the speed record over one nautical mile taking it from 43.9 knots to 48.72 knots.
Skipper Alain Thébault said of his crew’s success, 'We should not forget that this record is above all a technological adventure and a team work which could not have been possible without the support of our partners... It is, indeed, thanks to my partnership with Thierry Lombard, managing partner of the private banking house Lombard Odier (the foundation year is mentioned in the mainsail), that l'Hydroptère has had the support of a 'principal partner' since 2005 and that we started the quest for these records and we could beat them.'
The team are now pinning their sights on developing l'Hydroptère maxi which will hopefully be capable of breaking the around the world speed record.
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