HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
By Taylor Preza
After 10 days, two hours, and 26 minutes, the World's Fastest Sailing Boat, the Hydroptère, finally arrived at Kewalo Basin from Los Angeles in attempt to set the record for the fastest sail from Los Angeles to Honolulu.
The sailing boat was accompanied by French skipper Alain Thèbault, his co-skipper Jacques Vincent, and a crew of four Americans. They set sail on Monday, June 22 at 11:27 a.m. HST from Point Fermin and crossed the finish line near Diamond Head, Hawaii at 2:28 p.m. on July 2.
The crew wasn't able to break the record because of certain obstacles, such as a drop in wind speeds as well as an encounter with the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which is reportedly the size of Texas.
Making it the fastest sailing boat in the world,the 60-foot hydrofoil trimaran has foils under its floats and the outrigger hulls that lifts it five meters above the water. This allows for decreased drag, which more than doubles the speed.
Although the record was not beaten, Thèbault explained the significance of the energy efficient journey.
"The Record is important- the current record is around 4 days and a half but I'm meeting with my friends of solar impulse, they come from Japan with the sun we come from los angeles with the wind and we are here to deliver a message we need to use wind we need to use sun we need to use clean energy," Thèbault said.
The previous record set in 2005 by the boat Geronimo.