l’Hydroptere to Attempt Breaking Fossett’s Playstation Record

If you like fast, you’ll like this.

While out on Lake Geneva last week, Hydroptere managed to break two records. The multihull, launched in autumn of last year as part of a scientific process, made 29.18 knots over 1km on a run between Lausanne and Evian and hit a peak speed of 34.84 knots. The following day, the crew sailed a long port tack run towards Bouveret, during which they averaged 21.32 knots for one hour.

As a lab boat, Hydroptere‘s main purpose is to test geometries and behaviors in varied real conditions for the development of l’Hydroptère maxi in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Meanwhile, the original l’Hydroptere is back in the U.K. and will be in Cowes this weekend, where they hope to break the record for the JP Morgan Round the Island Race. This currently stands at 2 hours 33 minutes and 55 seconds (or an average speed of 19.53 knots) set in 2001 by the late Steve Fossett and his maxi-cat PlayStation.

Courtesy of www.yachtingworld.com.

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