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l’Hydroptère claims speed records
Photos by Arnaud Pilpre/Sea & Co

On Wednesday 4th April 2007, in the South of Lorient (France), l’Hydroptère, helmed by Alain Thébault, was sailing in 25-knot North-East winds and quiet sea conditions when they claimed speeds of 44.5 knots over 500 meters and 41.5 knots over one nautical mile. These are the exceptional speeds, which were done so in the presence of Michael Ellison - official timekeeper at the WSSRC - that have enabled l’Hydroptère to beat two world records, subject to official ratification by ISAF/ World Sailing Speed Record Council. The Crew of the Catamaran “Techniques Avancées” were the original holders of the amazing speed record in category D since 1997, together with Bjorn Dunkerbeck, who beat the absolute speed record on one nautical mile in 2006.

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