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It’s Official!

September 24th, 2009 No comments

The World Sailing Speed Record have now confirmed L’Hydroptere as the fastest sailing boat in the world.  Official announcement is here.  Check out the video of this amazing feat further down on this page or on YouTube.

WSSR Newsletter No 177. Hydroptere World Records. 23/09/09
The WSSR Council announces the ratification of 3 new World Records:

Record: World Sailing Speed Record and D class World Record

Yacht: l’Hydroptère

Name: Alain Thébault FRA and 10 crew

Dates: 4th September 2009

Start time: 17: 44: 58.7

Finish time: 17:45:17.6

Elapsed time: 18.9 seconds

Current variation: .08 kts

Distance: 500.05 metres

Wind speed/direction: 30 kts: 260˚

Average speed: 51. 36 Knots

Previous Records: Outright World Record: Alexandre Caizergues (kitesurf), 50.57 kts: D Class, l’Hydroptère, 46.88 kts

Record: World Nautical Mile Record

Yacht: l’Hydroptère

Name: Alain Thébault FRA and 10 crew

Dates: 4th September 2009

Start time: 17:44:25.1

Finish time: 17:45:38.9

Elapsed time: 73.8 seconds

Current variation: .08 kts

Distance: 1852.61

Wind speed/direction: 30 kts: 260˚

Average speed: 48.74 Knots

Previous Record: Nautical mile, l’Hydroptère, 43.09 kts

World Sailing Speed Record Video Footage

September 7th, 2009 No comments

Check out video footage of this awesome record breaking trip here.

World Sailing Speed record broken!

September 6th, 2009 No comments

It’s a development we have anticipated for some time – the large multihulls taking the speed record from the kitesurfers and specialist (often one-tack-only) machines such as Yellow Pages and Macquarie Innovations.

Now the team on L’Hyroptere have done it – setting a new record of 51.36 knots over a 500m course with a peak 55.5 knots (thats over 102 Km/h or around 64Mph!).  Designed with this purpose in mind, Hydroptere is a specialist speed sailing trimaran with advanced floats modelled on a sea-plane float and foils that allow the entire yacht to sail 100% out of the water when the speed is sufficient.

55 Knots!

55 Knots!

And it was today – sailing at 55 Knots in only 28 knots of wind.  Those of you wondering how this is possible – think of a car travelling at 20mph in no wind.  The wind felt out of the window (the Apparent Wind) would be 20 mph in your face.  Much the same effect happens with this high performance sailing.  A yacht that is efficient at converting wind energy into speed effectively makes its own wind.  So the wind over the deck on the trimaran would be about 28 Knots + the effect of the boat’s speed.  Given that the boat would have been tight reaching, the 55 Knots of boat speed would probably translate into an additional 20 Knots over the deck – so she was sailing in about 40-50 knots of breeze!

Yes! 55 Knots!

Yes! 55 Knots!

What’s next?  Will the BMW or Alinghi boats beat this?  Possible – in lighter air.  It boils down to issues of sea state.  When the wind is blowing north of 20 knots the sea gets lumpy.  While the foils help with this, as does a carefully chosen racetrack (the Trench for kitesurfing records or sheltered bays for the other attempts), ultimately the speed records will be held by the most efficient boat, since the higher speeds can come in less wind which means lower sea state.  Both the Alinghi and Oracle boats are super efficient.  And dont believe they dont have some trick with foils that we haven’t seen yet!

I think there is way more to come in this arena.

55 Knots - what's next?

55 Knots - what's next?

Not to be outdone …

July 30th, 2009 No comments

Another monster multihull takes off in the same direction at the same time – Pascal Bigedorry on Banque Populaire V takes on the same record as Cammas.

Banque Populaire V pop off for a 5 or less day jaunt across the Atlantic

Banque Populaire V pop off for a 5 or less day jaunt across the Atlantic

We (naturally) wish them luck as well!  Oh … and did I mention that they are slightly ahead as well?

Still to close to call ...

Still to close to call ...

I want to be there!!!!!

Groupama 3 Atlantic Record

July 30th, 2009 No comments

Franck Cammas and crew have set off on their attempt to break their own transatlantic record under sail.  It is well worth going to their site, if only to see the amazing video on the front page of the boat doing its thing in the ocean.  This is another Monster Multihull, but designed to handle the rigours of crossing an ocean.  Having done that myself (singelhanded on a 28 foot racing trimaran) I have some experience of what this is like.

These guys will have to sail at an average speed in excess of 33 knots to beat their own record! The current record is 4 days, 3 hours, 57 Minutes and 54 seconds – faster than most passenger ships.

Groupama 3 doing what she does best

Groupama 3 doing what she does best

A lot depends on the weather – one of the problems with a crossing at this speed is that you go faster than the weather fronts, so there is a lot of strategy finding the right conditions and staying in them as long as possible. According to Sylvain Mondon from Meteo France – their onshore router – “A line of stormy squalls from the SW hit New York during the course of the afternoon and produced a considerable wind increase on its way through. This enabled us to take the start a little earlier than we initially planned.”

To stand a chance of beating her own reference time set on 24th July 2007, Groupama 3 will have to cross the finish line off Lizard Point, the South-West tip of Britain, prior to Monday 3rd August at 00h 09′ 10” UTC.

We wish her all of the best!