World%u2019s Fastest Sailboat Preps for Record-Breaking Run to Honolulu [VIDEO] | gCaptain - Maritime & Offshore
- As soon as the weather forecasts present an opportune window, the crew of HydroptĂ¨re, a hydrofoil sailboat designed by French yachtsman Alain ThĂ©bault, will set sail from Los Angeles with plans to crush the trans-Pacific record to Honolulu.To do so, however, this boat will have to average greater than 17.21 knots over the 2215 mile courseâ€¦ and this boat can do 17 knots without even thinking about it. In fact, HydroptĂ¨re is the fastest sailboat on the planet. On December 21, 2008, the HydroptĂ¨re briefly reached 56.3 knots (104.3 km/h; 64.8 mph) near Fos-sur-Mer. The following year, she broke the 50 knot barrier for a nautical mile with a speed of 50.17 knots (92.91 km/h; 57.73 mph) in HyĂ¨res, France.
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