“The shared vision of one man and the passionate commitment of a team are the most powerful drivers of discovery.
In homage to the meeting between Eric Tabarly and Paul Ricard, two visionaries who were passionately committed to the sea, we are eagerly following Alain Thébaut's adventure with his hydrofoil trimaran, Hydroptère”
"During our sailing sessions, we had the opportunity to meet two whales and to be escorted by dolphins. Unfortunately, we also noticed the presence of many floating plastic waste, not only related to the tsunami" Alain Thébault.
It is with the support of two Californian companies, Finesse Solutions and Shasta Crystals, that Hydroptere sails again. Based in Los Angeles, her home port for two years, the sporting objective remains the record of the transpacific crossing, expected by spring. In parallel, Dassault Systèmes continues their studies on the successor of the Hydroptere. This 3D giant finances and implements these new developments on Catia V6, with the help of our Papés **. The objective is to design a prototype to overcome the sailing barrier of 80 knots (150km/h).
Eric Tabarly and Paul Ricard were the forerunners of boats that fly, giving birth to the first trimaran equipped with foils (Paul Ricard). Today Alain Thebault, young crew member aboard Penduick and Paul Ricard, at the time of the legendary sailor, is very concerned about the increasing pollution of the oceans, including the Pacific, where a layer of floating waste the size of Texas stagnates. Accompanied by Patricia Ricard, granddaughter of Paul Ricard, they pursue this adventure with the Hydroptere in order to protect the oceans. For the President of the Paul Ricard Oceanographic Institute, "we must become lighter on the planet."
* To be published in GEO Magazine in the issue of March 2015
** Faithful volunteers who are retired engineers from Dassault Aviation and Airbus, pioneers of boats which fly alongside Alain