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Hydroptere Rises…

December 5, 2005

When we last checked in on Alain Thebault’s flying, foil-elevated tri, it had broken into bits during a transatlantic record attempt. It was towed into the Canaries, and despite near total destruction the old girl is being rebuilt. After assembly Hydroptere will continue on to Miami and New York, presumably for more record attempts. Who knows when that will happen. But in the meantime go to the hompepage and check out the very cool video of Hydroptere sailing fast. And then go here to watch a four minute video of how Hydroptere came to be, with great footage of scale models and test tank action. This is still one of the coolest projects afloat. And you have to admire Thebault’s resilience and determination…

“Is this thing really a sailboat…?”

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