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july 2nd 2015

Hydroptere arrived in Honolulu

Hydroptere left Los Angeles on Monday 2nd June 2015 and has just arrived in Honolulu after a crossing of more than 2215 nautical miles...

Sep

june 23rd 2015

The Hydroptere Team welcomes Parrot, designer of the Minidrone Hydrofoil toy, as its new sponsor

The giant hydrofoil meets the smallest hydrofoil!

Sep

June 23rd 2015

Hydroptere took off to Hawaii

After having crossed the mythical 50 knot barrier in 2009, it is with nearly three meters of swell that Alain Thébault and Jacques Vincent...

Sep

May 7th 2015

HSH Prince Albert II and His Foundation, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, to take the Hydroptere to Hawaii

After supporting Bertrand Piccard and his project, Solar Impulse, HSH Prince Albert II yesterday agreed to lend his support to Alain Thébault...

Sep

May 5th 2015

Flight towards Hawaii

For Alain Thébault and his team, May is the beginning of a new era.

Sep

April 1st 2015

Mumm is proud to announce partnership with Alain Thébault as he prepares to break a world record with the Hydroptere

Mumm is proud to announce partnership with Alain Thébault as he prepares to break a world record with the Hydroptere

Sep

MARCH 2ND 2015

Bertrand Piccard, Hydroptere Rocket Prime Supporter

Bertrand Piccard, preparing the first round-the-world solar flight, will be Hydroptere Rocket Prime Supporter.

Sep

December 18th 2014

Speed and lightness

Last week, Alain Thébault and his team welcomed Lars Abromeit, journalist at GEO Magazine, on board the Hydroptère between Los Angeles and Catalina Islands.

Sep

OCTOBER 28TH 2014

A second Californian sponsor for Hydroptere in the Pacific

Shasta Crystals was founded in 2006 to develop the mLHPG technology into a full scale crystal growth manufacturing system.

Sep

17/10/2014

Patricia Ricard, President of the Institut océanographique Paul Ricard

“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”

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july 2nd 2015

Hydroptere arrived in Honolulu

Hydroptere left Los Angeles on Monday 2nd June 2015 and has just arrived in Honolulu after a crossing of more than 2215 nautical miles (4102 km). Hydroptere becomes the first flying hydrofoil to cross an ocean. The Transpacific record was not beaten as the weak wind conditions along the route did not allow the trimaran to achieve high cruising speeds.
The challenge of this first crossing was of a different nature. Despite clearly unfavorable conditions, Alain Thébault and his crew took the decision to go not to miss a historic encounter. Within a few hours, André Borschberg aboard Solar Impulse, the first 100% solar energy powered aircraft, in turn, will land in Hawaii. An exceptional encounter will take place between two legendary vessels, one powered by the energy from the sun and the other one by that of the wind. Two hightech monsters, two pioneers in their field and a single message: "use clean energy. »
For over 25 years, Alain Thébault has been pursuing his childhood dream: to make sailboats fly. From the first wooden models in the early eighties, to absolute sailing speed records in 2009, Hydroptere became the ambassador of sailboats with hydrofoil technology. In 2009, the French trimaran became the fastest sailboat in the world with peaks at over 100 km/h on a flat sea. Today it is aboard the same sailboat that Alain Thébault, Jacques Vincent and four American crew members, Don, Joe, Jay and Will just crossed 2,215 nautical miles (4,102 km) in pure ocean conditions - a historic first which opens a new path for the development of hydrofoil sailboats. To date confined to high performance on flat water – as we could see for the ships of the America's Cup "- hydrofoil sailboats will now fly offshore.
"This is a historic moment. I promised André and Bertrand to be in Hawaii to greet them upon arrival. We knew the wind was going to be weak. The crossing should have been much shorter but from the second day, we were forced to make a major detour far to the south to avoid an impressive debris plate. Without this decision, we would have broken the boat. We still made peaks at over 35 knots the first days. It is obviously frustrating but we had to make the choice of reason. We will get back on stand-by in Long Beach as soon as possible. With favorable winds, the current record is within the reach of Hydroptere " said skipper Alain Thébault. "However, in any adventure, you need a bit of luck. I am very happy because this year, the Pacific has kindly let us through. "
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