l'Hydroptère hits 51.36 knots and beats Alex Caizergues world speed record

September 7, 2009 | Kiteboarding

l’Hydroptère, the French foiling trimaran, became the fastest yacht on the planet yesterday, setting a new record for the 500-meter mark of 51.36 knots, thus beating the previous record set by kitesurfer Alex Caizergues who held the previous record of 50.57 knots set in Namibia last year.

Alain Thébault and his crew also set new records for the 1000 meters lifting this mark from 43.09 to 48.72 knots.

The records were established at Hyères (and are subject to the ratification of the WSSRC).

A westerly wind of 28 knots was blowing for the records.

During the run, Alain Thébault and his crew hit 55,5 knots (103 km/h) and set a mean velocity of 51.36 knots.