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5 April 2007, 02:59 pm
Two World Records For Hydroptere
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WSSRC Record Attempt

The French trimaran Hydroptere has taken a major step forward in its quest to become the first boat past the magic 50 knot barrier, breaking the Class D 500 Metre record and the One Nautical Mile Record, subject to ratification by the World Sailing Speed Record Council (WSSRC).
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44,5 knots over 500 meters and 41,5 knots over one nautical mile. These are the exceptional speeds which have enabled l'Hydroptère to beat two world records, subject to official ratification by ISAF/World Sailing speed record Council.

On Wednesday 4 April, south of Lorient in a 25 knot northeasterly and on a flat sea, Hydroptere, helmed by Alain THEBAULT (FRA) recorded speeds of 44.5 knots over 500 metres and 41.5 knots over one nautical mile.

The crew of the catamaran Techniques Avancees were the original holders of the speed record in class D since 1997, together with Bjorn DUNKERBECK (AND), who beat the absolute speed record for one nautical mile in 2006.

The records are reward for the long years of testing which have optimized the performance of the boat and improved reliability. Strengthened by this success, THEBAULT and his team will now concentrate on the next steps of their 2007 programme. Ocean records are a big priority including the 24 hour record.

The Records To Beat

Record: Nautical Mile Record
Name: Bjorn DUNKERBECK (AND)
Dates: 31 October 2006
Venue: Walvis Bay, Namibia
Average speed: 41.14 knots

Record: 500 Metre Record - Class D
Name: Techniques Avancees
Dates: June 1997
Venue: Navarin/Columbo, France
Average speed: 42.12 knots

Marlene Colegrave (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Hydroptere breaks the nautical mile record:© A. Pilpre/Sea&Co
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