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L’Hydroptere Breaks Water Speed Record

by Jason Gorringe, Tax-News.com, London

03 May 2013


The engineers behind the L’Hydroptere.ch project, the catamaran holding the sea speed record over 500 meters and one nautical mile, have bettered their previous top speed exceeding 60 knots per hour ahead of the team's attempt to break the Pacific crossing record.

L’Hydroptere broke two records in September 2009, traveling at 51.3 knots over 500 meters, and achieving a peak of 55.5 knots (103 km/h), but a new design team, comprising founder Alain Thebault, and eight retired engineers announced a redesign in August 2010.

The proven L’Hydroptere concept incorporates aviation and marine technology, sailing on two foils that lift the hull above the water, significantly reducing friction.

L’Hydroptere, taking its name from the Greek words for water and wings, will be put to the test this summer when the team seeks to break the record for the fastest Pacific crossing, from Los Angeles to Honolulu.

Eventually, the team aims to break the record for the fastest Atlantic crossing, the fastest Pacific crossing, and ultimately the fastest circumnavigation of the globe, anticipating a time of 40 days in the case of the latter.

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