During the early 1970s, 20,000 miles was sailed by David Keiper in his hydrofoil trimaran, Williwaw, throughout the South Pacific. David’s book, Hydrofoil Voyager, will be at Amazon.com in the summer of 2012. The video was made from rare vintage clips taken before the famous open ocean cruises.
On 27 October 1991, Mark Drela pedalled the human-powered hydrofoil, Decavitator, to a world-record speed of 18.5 knots (9.53 meters/second) over a 100 meter race course on the Charles River in Boston, Massachusetts.
In the spring of 1993 the Decavitator team was awarded the DuPont prize for the fastest human-powered water craft. This prize was to be awarded to the first team to break 20 knots over a 100 meter course, or to the team with the fastest speed on record as of 31 December 1992.
En 1986, deux élèves de l’ENSTA lancent l’idée de créer un catamaran révolutionnaire, basé sur le principe des foils, capable d’atteindre des vitesses jusque lÃ inimaginables pour un voilier.
Soutenu par la Direction Générale pour l’Armement (DGA) et la Direction des Constructions Navales (DCN), un projet technologique complexe va peu à peu prendre forme : concevoir un catamaran sur foils dans le but de battre le record du monde de vitesse à la voile et démontrer ainsi qu’un foiler, muni d’un gréement rigide, peut naviguer à haute vitesse de manière stable.
Foilborn: The story of US Navy Hydrofoil Development” explains how hydrofoils work, the different types of hydrofoils, and how hydrofoils were being used by the United States Navy in the early 1970’s. .
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