Let's face it; in the realm of big, super fast, crazy assed yachts the French rule supreme. From the large tris and cats to the Open 60 monohulls, there is no other country pushing the wind/water boundaries as much as the French.
As is well known, the French have set a worlds speed record with the very large foiler, L'Hydroptere.
Frankly, you couldn't pay me enough to sail on this rocket. I would be paralyzed just thinking, "What if we crash? What if we crash?". Thats a lot of big pieces going over 50 miles/hr.
A really great video short on the story thus far, including some footage of their spectacular crashes. I gather a new one is to be on the water this summer.