Experimental sailing craft Hydroptère
Hydroptère is an experimental sailing hydrofoil trimaran designed by French yachtsman Alain Thébault. Its multihull hydrofoil design allows the sail-powered vessel to reach high speeds on water. The design is based on experience from a range of hydrofoil sailcraft that Thébault built in cooperation with Éric Tabarly since the 1990s. On 5 October 2008 she reached a record speed of 52.86 knots (97.90 km/h; 60.83 mph), however this was over a shorter distance than the 500m necessary to qualify for an official world record. On 21 December 2008, the Hydroptère briefly reached 56.3 knots (104.3 km/h; 64.8 mph) near Fos-sur-Mer, but capsized and turtled shortly thereafter.
On 4 September 2009, the Hydroptère broke the outright world record, sustaining a speed of 52.86 knots (97.90 km/h; 60.83 mph) for 500 m (1,600 ft) in 30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph) of wind. In November 2009, she broke the 50-knot (93 km/h; 58 mph) barrier for a nautical mile with a speed of 50.17 knots (92.91 km/h; 57.73 mph) in Hyères, France.
During July 2015, the Hydroptère sailed 2215 nautical miles from Los Angeles to Honolulu and docked in Kewalo Harbor. On March 15, 2016 the Harbor Master posted an "Abandoned Vessel" notice on the Hydroptère which was subsequently sold.
- Matthew, Campbell (12 November 2008). "Flying yacht in battle to crack 50-knot barrier". The Times. London. (Subscription required (. ))
- Though it was first announced that the ship reached 61 kn: "Pointe de l'Hydroptère à 61 noeuds". YouTube (in French).
- "Les données officielles ont été récupérées". L'Hydroptère (in French). 14 January 2009. Archived from the original on 2010-10-08.
- "Hydroptere: 61 knots and huge crash with 35-38 knots, gusts over 45". Catamaran Racing. 22 December 2008. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
- "WSSR Newsletter No 177. Hydroptere World Records. 23/09/09". Sail Speed Records. World Sailing Speed Record Council. 23 September 2009.
- "Nautical Mile Records". Sail Speed Records. World Sailing Speed Record Council. Retrieved 20 November 2013.
- "Finesse Sponsored Hydroptère Arrives in Honolulu".
- "Sailing Anarchy Forum post: Hydroptere abandoned - Available for $20,000".
- L'Hydroptère sold
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- Hydroptère official site
- Real-time Model at EPA
- Youtube Video of Hydroptère
- 4 September 2009, world record video (51.36 kts) on Youtube
- www.hbm.com (The Worlds Fastest Sailing Boat using HBM Measurement Technology)
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