l’Hydroptere - Photo Guillain Grenier www.martin-raget.com
l’Hydroptère came back to La Trinité sur Mer marina Thursday 25 March after a pure-speed configuration period of six months in the shipyard. The Hydroptère team took the opportunity of a quiet weather period to put the flying trimaran back in the water and to remast her.
Last season, the carbon bird broke two world speed records.
In April 2007, l’Hydroptère broke a first record over 500 meters at an average speed of 44.81 knots and a second one over one nautical mile, a performance which made her the fastest craft over the last distance.
After this triumph, the team decided to temporarily set aside open sea trials in order to concentrate on breaking the mythical speed barrier of 50 knots. Thus, 2008 will be devoted to pure speed. l’Hydroptère is now specialized.
In order to accomplish this, studies and trials have been carried out by our team of engineers, in collaboration with the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, prior to and throughout the entire works.
The rigging, the platform and the external parts have been finely modified to bring the boat’s speed potential over 50 knots.
The next few days will be devoted to a series of tests on the new rigging and sails, and on the new textile streamlining, which has recently been installed. L’Hydroptère will then be convoyed to Lorient, where she will be transported by cargo ship to the Mediterranean.
After a final phase of assembly in Marseille, l’Hydroptère will be able to tackle her goal for 2008 – to become the fastest sailing craft on the planet.