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At 21lbs the carbon fibre hull is incredibly light.<br />
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An adventurer is aiming to sail into the record books as the fastest woman on the water in a revolutionary boat so light she can carry it on her shoulder.<br />
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Hannah White's cutting edge dinghy might be 18ft long but because it is built from space-age materials it weighs just 1.5 stones - the same as a toddler.<br />
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Thanks to a state-of-the-art hydrofoil the specially designed vessel will 'hover' 3ft above the water with next to no drag, allowing it to hit speeds of almost 50mph.<br />
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The current record stands at 34.74 knots - or 40mph - set by British windsurfer Zara Davis in 2006 and in order to break it White, 31, will have to average faster over a mile-long course.<br />
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The boat, called Speedbird, was designed by former Royal Navy engineer David Chisholm, an expert in composites like carbon fibre, and built in a shed in Suffolk.