Originally Posted by PCP
I guess that everybody know the Hydroptere the fastest sailboat on the planet and contrary to some rocket sailboats that can only sail fast on flat sea and protected waters, this animal is an offshore boat.
But perhaps you don't know that some of you, I mean Americans, will have a possibility to see it flying: The boat is going to be shipped to America to try to beat an offshore record, Los Angels to Honolulu, next Mars.
The Hydroptère is indeed a wonderful record breaking flying machine. But as Paulo stated very accurately, unlike the fragile experimental constructions used on flat water speed tracks, it’s a very accomplished concept that has already proven its extraordinary potential extensively.
The fact that it will now sail across the Pacific is another milestone in Alain Thébault’s project, which started more than 30 years ago with the dream of a certain Éric Tabarly…
Of course foils are now common on racing machines even offshore, but it seems the Hydroptère project will continue to be at the edge of research.
After breaking the so-called “sailing sound barrier” of 50 knots, Alain Thébault and his team have set themselves another incredible challenge: crossing the Atlantic in less than 72 hours. Therefore a new flying machine is to be built in 2013: the LIBRYD. The architects are VPLP, who just conquered the Jules Verne trophy with Banque Populaire V.