The 60-foot hydrofoil trimaran l’Hydroptère, skippered by Frenchman Alain Thébault and with a 10-man crew, broke the sailing speed record Nov. 8, clocking 50.15 knots over 1 nautical mile in a 28-knot northwesterly off Hyères, France. The project incorporated the support of eight engineers from the aeronautics industry. The record was subject to ratification by the World Sailing Speed Record Council. www.hydroptere.com
Paul Hureau founder of Maritime skiff
Paul Hureau is founder and former owner of Maritime Skiff, builders of clean, functional boats.
Scientists are using centuries-old logbooks in the British archives to understand weather patterns
Scientists are mining the logbooks of British sea captains from the age of exploration and discovery for troves of weather data to help them understand global warming, climate change and weather variability.
A filmmaker completes an 8,500-mile transit to document the effects of climate change on the region
Sprague Theobald had never seen ice like this. “Ice before was something you would skate on or slip and fall on, but this ice was so powerful … you couldn’t help feel like it had a very strong personality,” he says.
Bidding was strong when several boats owned by disgraced Wall Street high-flyer Bernie Madoff were sold at auction.What would you be willing to pay for a stack of cocktail napkins imprinted with the private flag of disgraced financier Bernard Lawrence Madoff’s yacht, or for cocktail glasses bearing the same imprimatur, or for the flag itself — a white swallowtail pennant emblazoned with the image of a black bull scratching the ground and Madoff’s initials branded on its rump?
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