From Scuttlebutt: DEVELOPING A NEW "FLYING BOAT"
A revolutionary Franco-Swiss "flying yacht" project that aims to smash the
round-the-world sailing record has entered a new phase. Experts at Lausanne's
Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) on Wednesday presented to the media a
small prototype catamaran which they are helping to develop. It is based on
the Hydroptère hydrofoil vessel - the world's fastest sailing boat.
The new test boat, known as Hydroptère.ch, will serve as a model for a future
giant catamaran, Hydroptère Maxi, which will aim to beat the current 57-day
round-the-world record. "We would like to go around the world in 40 days
within the next two or three years," Alain Thébault, the 46-year-old Breton
who is the brains and the driving force behind the Hydroptère. -- Read on: http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/front/EP...09351000&ty=st