French Crew Sets Sailing Speed Record on San Francisco Bay
The all-French crew of l’Hydroptere DCNS set the first certifiable 1-mile sailing speed record on San Francisco Bay Friday, August 31, 2012.
The advanced multi-hull boat was led by skipper Alain Thébault.
The crew consisted of Yves Parlier, Jean Le Cam, Jacques Vincent, Warren Fitzgerald, and Robert Douglas. Kiteboarding professional Douglas holds the world sailing speed record of 55.35 knots.
The boat set a preliminary 1-mile speed record of 37.5 knots (43.2 mph / 69.5 kph). The yacht racing Association of San Francisco Bay constructed a 1-nautical mile course between Alcatraz Island and the Golden Gate Bridge. Winds were moving at 16 to 20 knots, with the water kicking up tight, square waves.
Five passes were made by the six-man crew. The record run was set on a second pass between 2:00 and 3:45 PST.