Alain Thébault's hydrofoil trimaran, Hydroptere, has received a boost with the announcement that the Champagne house Lanson has decided to strengthen its partnership with the Hydroptère project by becoming an "official partner of Hydroptère".
Earlier this month the French naval defense group DCNS dropped Hydroptere's oceanic program as the group does not have a market in the US, where Hydroptere is presently based.
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The United States represent a new challenge for Lanson and they wished to increase their support to the project in order to accompany the team in their Pacific record attempt next summer, departing from Los Angeles. This announcement was warmly greeted by the entire crew.
"We are entering a period of transition. With the strengthened support of LANSON, a new chapter begins. This will help maintain an operational team in San Francisco in the short term, which is very important. I thank Lanson for their faithfulness and confidence. The French luxury joins the adventure with style," said Alain Thébault, designer and skipper of Hydroptère.
"We have been supporting the adventure of Hydroptère for five years. We have been studying for a few weeks increasing our partnership with Hydroptere to accompany our return to the United States," said Philippe Baijot, president of Champagne Lanson.
Hydroptère is currently docked in San Francisco, looking for a new major partner to finance its 2013 program. Next spring, Alain Thébault, Jean Le Cam, Jacques Vincent and Yves Parlier will try to break the ocean sailing record for a hydrofoiler on the Transpacific route between Los Angeles and Honolulu.
17 November 2012 17:50 GMT