Friday, September 13, 2013

Breaking the 100 Knot Barrier

For the last 10 years, the holy grail of speed sailing has been to break the 50 knot barrier on a sailing vessel.  First broken by a windsurfer and then later by l'Hydroptere, we have now seen the Vestas Sail Rocket break 55 knots and almost hit 60!  On the horizon is another campaign from Alain Thebault and l'Hydroptere team to build a boat that is capable of breaking the 100 knot threshold.  Over the next 3 years, they will build and fly their machine into the record books.  Can they do it?  Not sure but it will be interesting to watch.  Check out their website here.

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