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Hydrofoil readied for record Pacific run

After a year of fine-tuning in San Diego, the experimental sailing hydrofoil trimaran Hydroptere will return to sailing. 

The 60-foot Hydroptere — called “the flying boat” — is the fastest hydrofoil trimaran in the world, averaging more than 51 knots over 500 meters and in excess of 50 knots over one nautical mile. 

The crew of Hydroptere intends to set a world speed record across the Pacific Ocean from Los Angeles to Hawaii. Training will begin in early October in Los Angeles, with the goal beating the Los Angeles to Hawaii record time set by Olivier de Kersauson on Geronimo in 2005.

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