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Sailing Across the Atlantic

Post by Henrik on Mon Aug 03 2009, 21:09

Sailing across the Atlantic in less than 4 days!!!!

The record of sailing across the Atlantic has just been broken by a French boat Banque Populaire in 3 days, 15 hours and 25 minutes!! That is just totally insane. Their average speed was 32.94 knots (61 kmh) for a sailboat. They hit peak speeds of 45 knots (84 kmh)!!

I am really having trouble getting my head around that. We used to have a small catamaran, a Hobie Cat 16, that I loved sailing because it was so damn fast. We would get to speeds of over 20 knots with it, and that was just amazing. Also, we had a ski boat that would hit over 40 knots, and that was just plain scary to push it to the max on the open sea. But a sailboat going at speeds like that, and to maintain such a speed over such a period of time. Wow!

I should add that it was closely followed by another trimaran Groupama that completed the trans-Atlantic trip in 3 days, 18 hours and 12 minutes.

These guys are just plain crazy!




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Re: Sailing Across the Atlantic

Post by RacerX on Fri Oct 30 2009, 05:26

Wow, it's just beautiful, really. Good thing they made it in three days...doesn't look big enough to hold enough food to feed that crew for four days!!! ;-)

Seriosuly though, that is blazing fast and one gorgeous boat. Cool post, thanks!
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Post by gueuzeman on Sat Oct 31 2009, 13:15

Wow! It looks so fragile for an ocean crossing. I wonder how many crew to get across sailing 24 hours a day.

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Re: Sailing Across the Atlantic

Post by Revs on Fri Jan 29 2010, 01:27

some good footage
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Re: Sailing Across the Atlantic

Post by eso on Fri Jan 29 2010, 06:44

That's f**king nuts! A sail driven hydroplane? What a handfull to pilot and trim.

Thanks for that one Revs.

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Re: Sailing Across the Atlantic

Post by Revs on Fri Jan 29 2010, 07:19

eso wrote:That's f**king nuts! A sail driven hydroplane? What a handfull to pilot and trim.

Thanks for that one Revs.

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you can see them all just clenching their buttcheeks! lol

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Post by eso on Fri Jan 29 2010, 07:25

Revs wrote:
eso wrote:That's f**king nuts! A sail driven hydroplane? What a handfull to pilot and trim.

Thanks for that one Revs.

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you can see them all just clenching their buttcheeks! lol

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Just imagine the adrenaline off that run...

Notice the yacht has 3 different cockpits, 1 aft and one on either outrigger arm. I'm sure none of that would be possible to pilot without a sh*tload of microprocessors and sensors helping to trim nanosecond by nanosecond.

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Re: Sailing Across the Atlantic

Post by eso on Fri Jan 29 2010, 08:21

I don't speak French, so I don't know if anyone got hurt or not. Flipping at 50-60 knots in a sailboat could easily be deadly...




More info here:

http://www.hydroptere.com/_en/

I'm such a geek. I love technical innovation.




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Re: Sailing Across the Atlantic

Post by Henrik on Fri Jan 29 2010, 09:15

As much as I love the Hydroptère, I still find the record set by Banque Populaire across the Atlantic even more impressive. As you guys commented, it looks to be a bit of a handful to handle the Hydroptère, and so I can't see them keeping such speeds for a longer period of time.

Still, it is totally insane to sail that fast.

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Re: Sailing Across the Atlantic

Post by eso on Fri Jan 29 2010, 15:34

At their site they mention that the vessel had been trimmed out for pure speed during the last part of last year.

Also the 34M l'hydroptere maxi which is supposed to be launched this year will be going after the transoceanic and around-the-world records.

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Re: Sailing Across the Atlantic

Post by gueuzeman on Sat Jan 30 2010, 16:38

Flipping that thing must be as expensive as crashing an F1 car, or more.

Crazy stuff.

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Re: Sailing Across the Atlantic

Post by da silva on Sun Jan 31 2010, 00:38

I'd love to take a sail on that thing at full bore. Awesome!
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