Mumm House of Champagne is proud to celebrate long-standing friend of the house and record breaking sailor Alain Thébault, as he prepares to embark on his next daring challenge: to break a new world record speed with the famous Hydroptere
boat this spring. Throughout its history Mumm has been dedicated to pushing limits in the pursuit of victory, and seeking international partners who are breaking boundaries to shape our future. These are the same core values that lie at the heart of Thébault’s endeavours, making this a natural partnership for the House.
Alain Thébault first became introduced to the House through Paul Ricard, founder of Ricard and the Pernod Ricard Group. The pair instantly bonded over a shared vision and common values and Thébault has remained in close contact with the Ricard family throughout the years.
Today, Paul-Charles Ricard – Paul Ricard’s grandson and the current International Marketing Manager for Mumm – has decided to celebrate this story with a partnership based on their shared pioneering spirit and ambitious quest for excellence.
The innovative Hydroptere
boat was introduced to the world by legendary captain Eric Tabarly in 1987, with the goal of pushing the boundaries of sailing technology and creating the world’s first ever ‘flying’ boat. This extraordinary sailing boat has since exceeded expectations following extensive innovation from aeronautical and marine industry experts, earning its title as one of the fastest sail boats in the world.
Thébault has worked relentlessly with the Hydroptère project alongside Tabarly and became the first sailor in the world to cross the wind barrier with this groundbreaking sail boat, earning him the title of the fastest sailor in the world in 2009. Thébault’s dedicated quest for excellence has propelled the technology for this exceptional boat forward and with MUMM’s support he will now prepare to break yet another world record, striving to keep his title of fastest sailor in the world, and continue to shape the future of sailing.
The sail will begin in California where Thébault will navigate between Los Angeles and Honolulu on- board the Hydroptere
. Working with relentless perseverance and commitment on this exceptionally fast sail boat, Thébault now takes a further risk
endeavouring to break a world first, completing the record in just four days to beat the current South Pacific record of four and a half days. Joining him is an impressive team of co-skipper Jacques Vincent, engineer Jeff Mearing, and sailors Yves Parlier and Jean le Cam, who will be at the helm for this oceanic adventure.
Phillippe Guettat, Chairman and CEO for Mumm House of Champagne, commented: “The long- standing friendship between Alain and the House was founded on shared values of passion, commitment, a pioneering spirit and the pursuit of victory. This continues to be of utmost importance to us so it was natural for this relationship to extend into a partnership. We are proud to support Alain as he goes on this daring quest to break yet another impressive world record.”
Mumm will support Thébault and the team on its ground-breaking quest for speed and precision throughout the journey. A jeroboam of Mumm champagne will be presented at the finish line to honour these true pioneers and to reward their pursuit of this inspired victory.
Mumm is part of Martell Mumm Perrier-Jouët, the prestigious cognac and champagne business of Pernod Ricard, world’s co-leader in Spirits & Wines. With its distinguished heritage dating back to 1827, Mumm is the leading international champagne House in France and fourth worldwide*. Mumm Cordon Rouge, recognisable by its red ribbon—a symbol of excellence—is the perfect embodiment of the spirit of the House: it stands out through the freshness and intensity of its style, which successive generations of cellar masters have successfully maintained and handed down. * IWSR 2013
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About Alain Thébault
For over 25 years, Alain Thébault pursued his childhood dream: to make sailing boats fly. From the first models in wood in the early eighties to the absolute sailing speed records with Hydroptere in 2009, Thébault inspired sailors, engineers and industrialists to follow him in this extraordinary challenge.His dedicated pursuit of victory has propelled the technology for this exceptional boat forward and with Mumm’s support he will now prepare to break a new sailing world record and continue to shape the future of sailing.
About the Hydroptere
The fastest sailing trimaran of the world continues to be engineered to travel over oceans at a very high speed, combining the leading techniques of aeronautical and marine industry experts.Hydroptere is a unique and innovative project, which conveys extremely strong human and technological values.
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