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But really, is it sailing, or?

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Re: But really, is it sailing, or?

that is truely impressive. I like how is started with working models instead of all computer generated ones
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Re: But really, is it sailing, or?

It is definitely sailing
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Re: But really, is it sailing, or?

I believe Hydroptère lost their prime sponsor - they were in California waiting for a window to sail to Hawaii - and is now for sale. No updates on their website (Hydroptère.com) since August. Anyone want to go waterskiing wtih ten friends?

On the other hand, it really is sailing. They have a complete crew, and can reef, tack, gybe and sail upwind as well as down. The boat has been out in hefty conditions and can handle reasonable ocean waves. (Let's not purposely go out into a Hurricane, eh?) AND she's fast.

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Re: But really, is it sailing, or?

would love to see her complete the transpac...
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Re: But really, is it sailing, or?

When she's not "flying" she handles like a tri would be my guess?
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Re: But really, is it sailing, or?

Cross the Atlantic in two and half days.
Just wait for a weather window.
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Re: But really, is it sailing, or?

You know...to me, this isn't "sailing" it just appears to be "hanging on".
Sure, it's a boat with a sail but that's not my idea of sailing. Call me old fashioned but I prefer my monohull with it's keel.
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Re: But really, is it sailing, or?

If it's like standing in the shower with your clothes on and tearing up 100 dollar bills, it's sailing. Speed is not considered a specific characteristic.
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Re: But really, is it sailing, or?

Call it what you may, but once the majority of the "boat" leaves the water to gain speed to me it's no longer a boat.
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