Hydroptere Pitchpoles

bluelaser2

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the shot of the craft underway looks faster than shit- looks like bigtime yachting may be changing in the next few decades to being foil borne some of the time...

 

codezero

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VIDS OR IT DIDN'T HAPPEN!!!!!!!

Now seriously, How the heck nobody got seriously injured on a pitchpole at 61 knots?

As would say Obélix, Ils sont fous ces Français!

 
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Go Left

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The crew must have gone from "Mon Dieu" to "Merde" in a micro-second.

An amazing boat and crew, but, like much else in life, going fast may be the goal but avoiding sudden stops is the winning strategy.

 

Mark K

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Holy Shit, 61 knots then a pitch pole...! thankfully no-one hurt badly. There's a pic on the Hydroptere web site, it did happen.
Pointe à 61 noeuds
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Dimanche 21 décembre

 

l'Hydroptère a atteint la vitesse spectaculaire de 61 noeuds en pointe ce matin lors de son premier run.

 

Les conditions de vent étaient très musclées, 35-38 noeuds de vent établi et des rafales à plus de 45. Le plan d'eau n'était pas aussi plat que les jours prédédents, rendant la navigation difficile et dangereuse. La rafale, qui a permis d'atteindre cette vitesse extraordinaire, a malheureusement entaîné le chavirage de l'Hydroptère.

 

"Le coup de vent a été très violent, l'Hydroptère était en pleine accéléraltion, à plus de 61 noeuds, lorsqu'il a planté puis chaviré", raconte brièvement Alain Thébault alors qu'il organise le remorquage du bateau avec ses équipiers. Tous s'en sortent avec des blessures légères.

 

Le trimaran va être remorqué jusqu'à Fos sur Mer, dés que les conditions le permettront
Speak English Dammit :lol:

The hydrofoil attained spectacular speed of 61 knots in not at all this morning at the time of his first run.

The wind conditions were very muscular, 35-38 knots of established wind and flurries to more than 45. The water plan was not as flat as the days prédédents, returning difficult and dangerous navigation. The flurry, that allowed attaining this extraordinary speed, has unfortunately entaîné the chavirage of the Hydrofoil.

"The wind blow was very violent, the Hydrofoil was in the middle of the accéléraltion, to more than 61 knots, when it planted then overwhelmed", relates briefly Alain Thébault while it organizes the boat remorquage with its team members. All themselves go out some with light injuries.

The trimaran will be hauled to Fos on Sea, dice that the conditions will allow it

 

Mark K

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The Hydroptere homepage has been updated with a pic of the turtled tri, but no video? Amazing no serious injuries; they must wear crash helmets?
The only thing that I can think of that would account for the lack

of serious injuries is that it must have sort of pancaked and came

to a stop over a couple of hundred feet. If it had augered in,

I can't imagine it remaining in one piece, or posing for the

picture of it standing on it's nose.

 
How the FUCK do you go 61 knots in boat that weighs several tons, pitchpole and NOT hurt somebody bad. Gotta love those crazy frenchmen. They are either good or lucky, probably both.
Perhaps it is because they are designing a real boat with the intent of sailing in nearly any condition for a RTW record attempt?

As opposed to a boat that has a micro thin window of viability on one tack only or someone flinging themselves along in the lee of a windy shoreline using a hubcap and a kite.

BRAVO!!! A real boat!

 

billy backstay

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The Hydroptere homepage has been updated with a pic of the turtled tri, but no video? Amazing no serious injuries; they must wear crash helmets?
The only thing that I can think of that would account for the lack

of serious injuries is that it must have sort of pancaked and came

to a stop over a couple of hundred feet. If it had augered in,

I can't imagine it remaining in one piece, or posing for the

picture of it standing on it's nose.
At that speed, it's hard to imagine it not augering in a bit, and damaging the hulls?

 

Doug Lord

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A couple of the upside down pix on the Hydroptere site show either major damage to a wing(crossarm) or pieces of the mast sticking thru.Looks fairly bad.

pix hydrop site/martin-raget:

hydrop_site_gilles_Martin_Raget.jpg

 

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