Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Hydroptere takes it

Yep, those French guys have gone and done it. Hydroptere, that rather sophisticated and pricey foiling tri, just set a world record (subject to ratification) at 51.36 knots over 500m. Wow, and congratulations. Reading the article on sailworld, I couldn't help but be stunned at the efficiency displayed - 51.36 knots (with peaks around 55 knots) in about 28 knots of breeze. Pretty sweet, that. Yes, kiters and windsurfers can go almost as fast for way less money, but we need quite a bit more breeze to do it. The race continues...

1 comment:

Louise said...

Take a look at the new British/Aus contenders for the Record. Sailrocket begin a 28 day record attempt out in Namibia today. The technology is incredible, have a look at this video which gives a great rundown of the record attempts history and why they hope to have the edge. You can also follow video diaries from the Team out in Namibia. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzkulFGa4Mc