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The water speed record that's surprisingly hard to break

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On a cold day in October 1991, a team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) led by physicist Mark Drela set a record for the fastest human-powered water craft.

The prize would be awarded to the first team to break 20 knots (23mph/37km/h) over a 100-metre course, or to the team with the fastest speed on record as of 31 December 1992. On its return to the USA, Drela’s team was attracted by the challenge of winning the DuPont Prize for the fastest human-powered water craft, which had been set up in 1988.

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