30 April 2013

Hydroptere yacht can sail at 60 miles per hour (video)



Hydroptere can reach speeds of 60mph using its giant 'wings' to lift most of its frame above the water. Mast is 28m high - almost as tall as the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It can reach 50mph in ten seconds and has broken world records with its aeronautic design.

Hydroptere: Super yacht can clock 60 miles an hour | Mail Online: "The super yacht is an experimental sailing hydrofoil designed by French yachtsman Alain Thibault and in full flight only 2.5 square metres of the boat are in contact with the water . . . The Hydroptere earned the world record after sustaining a speed of 52.86 knots (97.90 km/h or 60.83 mph) for 500 metres in 30 knots of wind. She later broke the 50 knot barrier for a nautical mile with a speed of 50.17 knots (92.91 km/h or 57.73 mph). She did once manage 56.3 knots (104.3 km/h or 64.8 mph) - but capsized shortly afterwards. The boat's creators and team have spent years perfecting the awesome design. The initial model was made in 1985, and 20 years later in 2005, it broke its first record. In 2005 it crossed the Channel faster than Louis Blériot did by plane in 1909. The Hydroptere then beat two world speed records ratified by the World Sailing Speed Record Council (WSSRC) on 4th April 2007: 44.81 knots of average speed over 500 meters and 41.69 knots of average speed over one nautical mile. June will see the yacht's greatest challenge yet when she tries to set a new record for sailing from Los Angeles to Honolulu in Hawaii." Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2317001/Hydroptere-Super-yacht-clock-60-miles-hour.html#ixzz2RxfB1Pzw

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