Sunday, December 21, 2008

61 Knots Then Disaster....

The Hydroptère has reached a speed of 61 knots spectacular peak this morning during its first run. Wind conditions were very tough, 35-38 knots of wind with gusts to more than 45. The water was not as flat as hoped, making navigation difficult and dangerous.

The burst, which led to this extraordinary speed, unfortunately resulted in the capsizing of the Hydroptère."The gale was very violent, the Hydroptère was full acceleration to more than 61 knots when it crashed and then capsized," says Alain Thébault briefly while organizing towing the boat with his teammates. All crew suffered minor injuries. The trimaran will be towed to shore on Wednesday, as soon as conditions permit.

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