April 4th, 2007
DIMENSION-POLYANT - Hydroptère World Speed Record:
47.6 knots: A multihull has never sailed so fast! Alain Thibault, the skipper and owner of Hydroptère, achieved this speed with the help of D4® load path technology. In 25 knots of wind, Alain’s all-Carbon 18 metre Trimaran, flies across the water on foils.
D4®membrane sails helped contribute to the high speed achieved and the new record officially accepted by the Sailing Speed Record Council: an average of 44.5 knots over 500 metres and 41.5 knots over one mile – and that with only 25 knots wind speed.
It has taken Thibault nearly 20 years to develop Hydroptère into the record breaker she is today, overcoming many structural failures over this time. Multiple sensors monitor this futuristic Trimaran’s loads, and sailing her is akin to an instrument flight on an airplane. Is it any wonder Thibault’s crew is made up of jet pilots!