The reason is drag. A double in speed increases drag by four times, so at high speeds all that surface area of a hydrofoil (wing, stabiliser, fuselage, mast) becomes a limiting factor. You want as small area as possible in the water. Think about fast airplanes like the X-15, they have really small wings.Baptiste_FR wrote: ↑Fri Jul 17, 2020 11:19 amI don't understand why the speed record is not held by a rider on Hydrofoil.
I read an interview by Alex Caizergue talking about his record and he said that with his current setup he can reach a speed of 1.1 or 1.2 times the wind speed. Meaning that for his 58 knots records, he was riding with at least 50 knots of wind.
With an hydrofoil you can go faster than the wind (more than 2 times). So the potential for breaking speed record seems a lot higher. Furthermore, actual foil competitions are only focus on speed (it's a basic race between riders).
Is it a problem of stability, equipment... ? (I don't foil so any information is welcome).
I assume this is a spoof and not a real world record? 67knots = 77mph = 124kph.
Few years ago, before SailRocket crashed the party, when kiters were the fastest wind powered nautical vessel, having the tick of the WSSRC was quite a big deal. And that was a legacy from the windsurf years, speed weeks, the canal of the Saintes Maries, the 1st>40, etc... It was a big thing and those seriously into that game did care quite a lot about WSSRC indeed.
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