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Old 10-07-2008, 09:38 PM
bertho bertho is offline
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hydroptere 52.83 knt

during training last week end at fos sur mer , not homologated !
faaasssst !
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Old 10-08-2008, 02:07 AM
eponodyne eponodyne is offline
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And who says blobotes are slobotes??

Sure is an awful lot of technology to accomplish something windsurfers and kiteboards have been doing for years, though.

I guess that's all right. Any technological advancements that moves the state of the art ahead are bound to be welcome eventually.

52.83kt=60mph(!!!)=97.8 Km/h. I don't care what you're driving on the water, that's hauling ***.
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Old 10-08-2008, 12:56 PM
Chris Ostlind Chris Ostlind is offline
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Nope, L'Hydroptere's speed is not ratified by the WSSRC, but without question, just flat hauling butt.

The number listed is a peak speed and unfortunatley, that does not qualify as a record. They have to maintain the speed and the average over a minimum 500 meter regulated course is what will get them a record.

Epo, you are right, the kiteboarders and some windsurfers have also clocked speeds that high for momentary values. The world record for 500 meters is currently held by a French kiteboarder at 50.57 knots. I believe that the speed is still pending final ratification from the WSSRC, but the record run was supervised, on-site by representatives of the WSSRC, so it should be just a matter of a short time for the official deal to fall in place.

The part that completely amazes me is that all the wind force to get going that fast (40-45 knots) is being pushed right through the boarders body. No winches, no tie-off points, just one studly dude (or dudess) hanging his/her cheese waaaay out in the wind. By the way, the fastest women's speed sailing record is Sjouke Bredenkamp with a posted run of 45.2 knots.

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