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Hydroptere fine-tune their technological and sports program

The team of Hydroptere is currently working on a development program over five years with a double clear objective: offshore racing and pure speed. In the short term, Hydroptere has to gather as much experience as possible in the Pacific and aims to demonstrate that sailboats can fly offshore.

3D views of Hydroptere 2 - Copyright VPLPClick image for a larger image

The Transpacific record attempt is still scheduled for the coming summer and this will be followed by a public relations campaign to introduce the trimaran to the public. "It's amazing how this boat continues to make people dream; this technology still fascinates a lot. Hydroptere is the only boat able to sail offshore and to take guests to nearly 50 knot" says Yves Parlier.

In the medium term, the team wants to start building a prototype of pure speed, inspired by the recent works of Vestas Sailrocket. "The supersonic sailing barrier was crossed thanks to Paul Larsen. Now the target has to be an average of 80 knots" explains Alain Thébault.

In the longer term, finally, Hydroptere 2, a trimaran that will be a synthesis of Hydroptere performance and of those of the best conventional maxi-multihulls, will aim to cross the Atlantic in three days and to exceed the legendary barrier of the thousand nautical miles in 24 hours.

Hydroptere team of Alain ThebaultClick image for a larger image

"We have considerable experience in the field of foils and high speed. With these three challenges, we have enough to fill an ambitious program over 5 years. Technology and pioneer spirit will always be the core of the project. We take advantage of the winter to gather skills, to get various sources of advice and we are working diligently to develop a global roadmap. The objective is to get a first series of support before spring to consolidate the process" says Alain Thébault.

Alain Thébault will be present at the Düsseldorf boat show (BOOT) on Sunday 20th and Monday 21st January, and he will talk during two conferences about the future of multihulls and the new challenges of high-speed sailing.

In early November 2012, the title partner of the team for three years announced his early withdrawal. Before Christmas Hydroptere was sheltered in the bay of San Francisco and the search for new partners began.

G New
18 January 2013 16:14 GMT


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