L'Hydroptere - hang on to your hat




15 Sep 2009

Major Events


It's a real boat, ok? It floats, it has a mast, it goes in both directions, the crew don't have to stand up. So it's not a piece of scaffolding, or a kite thingy, or a one-way proa, or a windsurfer. Yup, it's a boat - it's L'Hydroptere, and it goes like the clappers. If you do nothing else this morning, look at the video clip of this beautiful beast breaking the world sailing speed record. Takes your breath away...

Enjoy the week!

Guy Nowell
Editor, Sail-World Asia

Alinghi 5 has Final Sail in Genoa
Alinghi Media,
Yesterday, more than one hundred people went out on the water aboard the ferryboat 'Suprema' to watch the last Alinghi 5 training day in Genoa, Italy. The sunny weather and a gentle breeze, propelled the giant catamaran to fly on one hull, reaching speeds over 20 knots, giving all the Alinghi guests an incredible show.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race - Team Finland ahead
Zoe Williamson,
Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race report from day one. The fleet benefited from the forecasted northerly airflow which, along with the ebb tide, pushed the Clipper yachts quickly out of the Humber and into the North Sea.... [more]
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Outright Speed Sailing Record - Vestas Sailrocket returns to the fight
Vestas Sailrocket media,
Vestas Sailrocket's team is returning to Walvis Bay, Namibia for one more assault on the outright speed sailing record. This will be the final record attempt for this wonderful boat. It has endured a long and eventful life to reach its current level of performance and its structure bears the scars of many a hard earned lesson.... [more]
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RHKYC team competing in New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup
RHKYC Media,
Racing in the New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup will take place on Narragansett Bay and Rhode Island Sound, the same waters where the New York Yacht Club hosted the America's Cup -- a trophy it first won in 1851 -- from 1930 to 1983, or from its 14th Defense in 1930 to the 25th Defense in 1983. The sailing is expected to be tough and demanding... [more]
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World Match Tour - A Danish Fairytale Finale
Sailing Intelligence,
While yesterday may have been the day of protests and considerable umpire activity, today was more about boat handling with the wind gods finally turning up the volume, the breeze having veered into the north and gusting into the low 20s.... [more]
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L'Hydroptere - 51 knots and flying, the video
L'Hydroptere' sailed by Alain Thebault and his crew set a new, yet to be ratified outright sailing speed record in Hyeres (FRA) with a run at 51,36 knots. L'Hydroptere has touched 55 knots but on this September 2 run set two new speed records over 500 metres and 1000 metres - both marks are yet to be ratified by the World Speed Sailing Council.... [more]
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Maxi Rolex Cup images from Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi images,
Renowned photographer Carlo Borlenghi images from the Maxi Rolex Cup held at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, Italy.... [more]
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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup Final Day - Winners take their opportunities
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup final day's report. Good news also for those yachts still within touching distance of the top. A race would mean opportunity and in yacht-racing opportunity is everything, but only if you are prepared to take it. If only it were so simple.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Louis Vuitton World Series in Match Racing headwinds
Richard Gladwell,
Just days after being launched in Paris, the Louis Vuitton World Series would seem to be beating into a stiffening breeze. At the launch of the new Series along with the World Sailing Teams Association, questions were immediately raised as to how the new event would work with the existing World Match Racing Tour and the strictures of the International Sailing Federation... [more]
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Images from 'Frisco: Big Boat Series, Day 2
Erik Simonson, h2oshots.com,
Erik Simonson of www.h20shots.com provide this gallery of images from the Big Boat Series sailed in San Francisco, today.... [more]
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Jessica Watson - collision mystery
Nancy Knudsen,
Sadly, 16-year-old Jessica Watson's collision with a ship at sea in a shipping lane is just ordinary inexperience and miscalculation. Her AIS would have made her aware of it in good time. She therefore had the capacity to turn away, and, at a speed of probably 5 knots, get the hell out of there! Why didn't she do it?... [more]
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Louis Vuitton World Series: Hong Kong looks a Gift Horse in the mouth
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asian Editor,
Sailors in Hong Kong are no doubt delighted that the city is still on the short list of places to host a regatta in the Series. But the Hong Kong Government have as much imagination as a box of whelks, and tend to see problems before opportunities. Will they be albe to appreciate the enormous media and PR exposure that a LVWS event in Hong Kong would generate for the city?... [more]
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1st Asia Superyacht Conference - update
Superyacht Singapore Media,
“I am still getting approached by organisations from around the world wishing to speak at the conference,” commented Simon Turner, SSA Member and Conference Director. “Its very encouraging and I am doing everything possible to include as many new speakers as possible.” The conference now has over 25 speakers and panellists from over 15 countries around the world... [more]
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