Super trimaran smashes speed record

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Barely two months after crossing the magical 50-knot threshold, the equivalent of breaking the sound barrier in aviation, the 60-foot trimaran l'Hydroptère confirmed its status as the planet's fastest flying trimaran, beating the world record at an average speed of 50.17 knots in one nautical mile.

Alain Thébault and his 10-man crew achieved the feat Nov. 8 at their speed base in Hyères, France in a 28-knot northwesterly wind. l'Hydroptère capped off a fantastic series of records posted in the Mediterranean and set a new benchmark in the world of sailing.

"For 30 years, passion and daring have carried me forward, but this victory really belongs to our indomitable, tight-knit team. The historic record of more than 50 knots over one nautical mile is powerful because it lies at the frontier between the twin capacities of this extraordinary flying trimaran that is both a high-speed craft and an oceangoing sailboat," said skipper Alain Thébault.

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