HYDROPTERE ROCKET - SOURCE : CABINET VPLP
HYDROPTERE 2 - SOURCE : CABINET VPLP
The next challenges
With Hydroptere, Alain Thébault and his team made a pioneers’ dream come true: “to make a boat fly”.They built a legendary boat that inspired generations of engineers, sailors and adventurers. Dreams are made to be fulfilled and records to be overtaken…
Pure speed: Hydroptere Rocket
The team Hydroptere sets out to conquer pure speed again. Target: to exceed the 80-knot (150 km/h, 92 mph) sailing speed barrier onboard Hydroptere Rocket, a two-seater prototype exclusively built for very high speeds. A performance that could enable sailing to definitely enter the “supercavitation” era, the equivalent of supersonic speed for aircrafts.
Boat: two-seater proa prototype
Program: 2+1 years
Objectives: outright sailing speed records and exceeding the 80-knot sailing speed barrier
HYDROPTÈRE ROCKET - SOURCE : CABINET VPLP
Offshore records: Hydroptere 2
The engineers of Hydroptere, the naval architects of VPLP (designers of BMW ORACLE and Banque Populaire V) and the structural engineering office HDS (Artemis Racing, Volvo Ocean Race Groupama Racing, MOD70), supported by the sailors of the program, have already started designing Hydroptere successor: a trimaran, code name “TH10”, a currently soberly named Hydroptere 2.
The general geometry of Hydroptere, designed in the '90s, is approaching the limit of its racing potential. Hydroptere 2 (TH10) is the sum of 25 years of experience in high-speed foil sailing aboard the hydrofoiler and is built using the latest technology in the field of oceanic Archimedean multihulls. As a hybrid sailboat, Hydroptere 2 (TH10) will be capable of flying fast on rough seas while still able to sail on its hulls when light wind conditions impede flight. Its objective will be to conquer two major ocean records: the Atlantic crossing and 24 hours distance travelled.
Boat: offshore 70 feet trimaran (70x80 ft.) with foils and a wing
Program: 3+1 years
Objectives: Atlantic crossing record in 3 days and 1000 nautical miles sailed in 24 hours
HYDROPTeRE 2 - SOURCE : CABINET VPLP