Hydroptere, the world's fastest sailing yacht
When it comes to speed, Hydroptere has no problem leaving the competition behind. This attitude undoubtedly comes from Alain Thébault, who spent years exploring multihull hydrofoil designs to develop one of the world’s fastest boats. (“Hydro” is Greek for “water.” “Ptere” is Greek for “wings.”)
During the 1980s and ’90s Thébault adjusted his design repeatedly. By making a one-third scale version of his idea, he was able to test the differences of minor changes on the craft’s overall performance. By 1994, he was ready to launch Hydroptere for her first flight. By 1995, Thébault had turned her into the world’s fastest sailing yacht.