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+ - 41.69 Knots with a flying sailboat

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alaederach
alaederach writes "The Hydroptère has now become the fastest sailing vehicle over one nautical mile with an average speed of 41.69 knots (Bjorn Dunkerbeck's average speed was 41.14 knots when he beat this record in 2006 on a sailboard). The cool thing about this 6.5 ton trimaran are the three hydrofoils that allow it to lift out of the water to minimize drag. A series of 65 sensors monitor the strain on the boat and control the pitch of the hydrofoils to stabilize the pitch and roll over the rough ocean. Not to mention, the sound of the carbon fiber being strained is awesome on the videos of the record."

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