The controversy over whether kite boarding is sailing has been settled; it isn’t. At least that’s what the ISAF decided at its November Conference. So, although the World Speed Sailing Record Council today ratified Sebastien Cattelan’s record of 50.26 kts, set at Luderitz on October 3rd, it points out that this is cannot be recognised as the World Speed Sailing Record. got that?
So, right now Antoine Albeau keeps the outright record, with his 49.09 knots on the St Maries de la Mer speed canal this summer and it is beginning to look as though Alain Thébault could be the first sailor to break the 50 knots, with Hydroptère.
The flying trimaran is now (subject to ratification) the fastest sailing boat on the planet over 500 metres, having dethroned Yellow Pages and her 1993 record, last week, with an average of 46.88 knots. What is even more significant is that Thébault and crew are getting closer to the absolute speed record, having recorded an average of 52.10 knots over 100 metres and a peak speed of 53.69 knots, which – if sustained – would bring it very close to the 100 km/h barrier. This photo from the Hydroptère team. More right here.