Google's Larry Page Mulling Boat-Plane Investment
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 27: Co-founder of Google Larry Page smiles during the Clinton Global Inititative annual meeting September 27, 2007 in New York. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Larry Page
Wednesday, Nov 28, 2012 Updated at 5:58 AM PDT
Google chief executive and co-founder Larry Page took a ride on one of the world's fastest sailboats while he mulled over investing in the part-boat, part-plane.
Page took a ride in the Hydroptere in San Francisco Bay last week, according to the Marin Independent Journal, while the boat's creator Alain Thebault hoped for a wealthy Silicon Valley sponsor. Thebault hopes to use the funds to try to break the trans-Pacific speed record.
In 2009, the Hydroptere broke the world speed record for 500 meters and hit a speed just over 52 knots. Thebault now hopes to ride from Los Angeles to Honolulu and needs about $3 million to do that.
Apparently that means taking Silicon Valley moguls for a ride and likely hearing a pitch from Thebault. As Business Insider reported
, Page said he was interested in high-speed sailing on his Google+ page
a week before, so it seems as if Thebault could have been checking up on the billionaire.