Articles Racing Trimarans — 31 October 2012

That is what one feels when sailing, albeit flying, onboard l’Hydroptère DCNS

In 2009 this foiled trimaran broke the mystical barrier of 50 knots by clocking 51.36 knots (57.54 mph – 92.6 km/h) both over the 500 meter distance and over 1 nautical mile. At the time of this writing – l’Hydroptère DCNS Team is currently on the West Coast in Los Angeles area in line to attempt to break yet another record: the Transpacific Los Angeles (Fermin Point) – Honolulu (Diamond Head lighthouse) record over these 2,215 nautical miles which has been set by Olivier de Kersauson’s 111-foot trimaran Geronimo with 4 days, 19 hours and 31 minutes, at an average speed of 19.17 knots (35.5km/h or 22.06 mph).

They are tuning the rig to average a speed of 30 knots over time and distance (34.52 mph – 55km/h). With swells over 6ft being a threat to capsize, they are playing the patience game: waiting for window of clement weather. Rather than ‘faire des ronds dans l’eau” bobbing around, they are sailing to San Francisco to test the Northern California waters around America’s Cup World Series events and/or Fleet week.

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