This unconventional sailing boat, named the SailRocket, reached a record speed of 47.35 knots (87.6 km/h or 54.43 mph), on average over a distance of 500 meters. During another run, the boat reached a speed of 52 knots before lifting off for a spectacular in-the-air wipeout (also caught on video). More below.
Last month, the French catamaran l'Hydroptère (pictured below) reached a record speed of 50.08 knots (92.7 km/h or 57.60 mph), on average over a distance of 500 meters, which makes it the fastest wind powered boat to date.
In December 2008, l'Hydroptère shortly reached 61 knots (112 km/h or 69.60 mph), but then it flipped and got turtled (picture below).
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