Saturday, 4 July 2015

Hydroptere fails in attempt to better Los Angeles to Honolulu passage record

The Hydroptere teams attempt at bettering the Los Angeles to Honolulu passage record has fallen short.  Stymied by light winds and unfavorable wind direction the hydrofoil was not able to show the high speeds it is capable of achieving. 

From the following article on Sailing Scuttlebutt:

Honolulu, HI (July 3, 2015) – The 60-foot foiling trimaran Hydroptere left Los Angeles on Monday June 22 and has just arrived in Honolulu after a crossing of more than 2215 nautical miles (4102 km). Hydroptere becomes the first flying hydrofoil to cross an ocean.

The transpacific speed record from Los Angeles to Honolulu, Hawaii was not beaten as the weak wind conditions along the route did not allow the trimaran to achieve high cruising speeds. The outright record is 04:19:31:37, set by skipper Olivier de Kersauson (FRA) and crew on the 110-foot trimaran Geronimo in November 2005. The Hydroptere passage took nearly 11 days.

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