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Jacques vincent and alain thébault in 2012 after the journey from Long beach to san francisco - copyright thomas lesage

 

 

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Alain Thébault

Founder and Skipper


“The flying acrobat”, as his relatives call him, got the title of the fastest sailor in the world in 2009. Alain Thébault has been observing high-speed sailing from a very early age. He was the first skipper in the world to cross the wind barrier (the mythical 50 knot sailing speed barrier) at the helm of Hydroptere.

 

 

Yves Parlier

Sailor

(Pacific record attempt)

 

Engineer and sailor, Yves Parlier holds one of the longest lists of achievements in the French sailing. With no assistance off New Zealand he successfully repaired his mast and finished his Vendée Globe Race eating seaweed. Winner of the Transat Jacques Vabre with Éric Tabarly in 1997, Yves Parlier participated in the major sailing races and has worked throughout his career for the respect of the human being and the environment. Yves sailed aboard Hydroptere in 2005 for a crossing from Douarnenez to Southampton with 3 meter high waves and was also present with Jean Le Cam off Saint Nazaire for one of the first crashes of Hydroptere during the first flights. Today the pioneers are gathered together again.

 

 

Jean le Cam

Sailor

(Pacific record attempt)

 

“King Jean” joined Hydroptere’s team to try to win the Transpac record with his long time friend Alain. Three times winner of the Figaro solo race, winner of the Transat AG2R, double world champion of Formula 40, second in the Vendée Globe from 2004 to 2005 and second in the Route du Rhum 2006, his reputation is well established.

 

 

Jacques Vincent

Co-skipper

 

Jacques Vincent is definitely one of the most experienced sailors as a crew member in ocean racing. “The teacher”, with 8 circumnavigations and 29 transatlantic scans the water and feels the wind like nobody else. Jacques Vincent has been Alain Thébault’s co-skipper on Hydroptere since 2002. He boasts 29 transatlantic crossings and 8 round the worlds, including two Jules Verne Trophies, three Withbread, one Volvo Ocean Race, the Oryx Quest and The Race.


Jeff Mearing

Expert in electronics and measurement systems

 

Former team member of Vestas Sailrocket, Jeff Mearing is an expert in electronics and he is very much used to high speeds. “The British guy” of the team is in charge of onboard measurement systems aboard Hydroptere.

 

 

 

Warren Fitzgerald

Boat Captain

 

Former rigger, Warren joined the team in 2011. Skipper on a Swan 42 and crew member in Mini, he brings his versatility and his energy to the rest of the team.

 

 

 


Emilie Monthioux

Head of Logistics


Graduate of an International Trade school in Canada and of the Trade school HEC in Paris in International Risk Management, Emily joined the Hydroptère team in 2011 as a logistics manager. She started her career in consulting / finance and entered the field of sailing with the marketing of a racing trimaran in the Mediterranean.

 

 

Nicolas Baverez

Volunteer: Strategy


As a graduate from the “ENA” and volunteer adviser of Alain Thébault since 1990, Nicolas Baverez accompanies the project in its overall strategy.

 

 

 

 

Julie Roure

Volunteer: Administrative and financial manager

 

Alongside Alain Thébault since 2006, Julie is in charge of the administrative and financial coordination of the project. Her smile and good mood accompany the flying trimaran wherever she sails.

 

 

 

Paul Bessereau

Marketing  & Communications


Specialized in communication strategy, Paul Bessereau joined the Hydroptere team beginning of 2013 to take care of communications and partnerships. Avid of speed feelings, Paul enjoyed a 45-knot speed run on Hydroptere end of 2012 and immediately decided to join the program.

 

 

François Cazala

Technical supervisor

(Seasonal worker)


François Cazala has been accompanying Alain Thébault since 2001. This year, he brings his expertise on the entire works of Hydroptere, to turn her into record configuration. Crew member in two America's Cup races (1992 - Ville de Paris and 1995 - France 2) and passionate about windsurfing, nobody knows the carbon bird better than him.

 

Pierre Marceau Tocny

Expert in hydraulics

(Seasonal worker)

 

Former adjuster for Dassault, expert in hydraulics during three America’s Cup races (1992 - Ville de Paris, 2007 - Défi français Areva, 2000 - Be Happy Marc Pajot) and one Withbread race (1989 - Esprit de Liberté), Pierre Marceau Tocny is used to highly difficult challenges.

 

 

Matthieu Cassanas

Technical and sailing team

(Seasonal worker)


Matthieu joined Hydroptere to reinforce the shore and sailing technicians during the period in San Francisco. Specizalised in sail making and after working for Team Telefonica during the last Volvo Ocean Race, Matthieu helps the team on all regular missions and sailing trainings.

 

 

Mickaël Lepersonnic

RIB pilot, safety

(Seasonal worker)

 

Chief Petty Officer in the Navy and pilot of speed crafts, “Mike” accompanied Hydroptere during the speed record campaigns. At 50 knots, he is to only one who can stabilize a tender only a few meters away from the hull of the flying trimaran.

 


Thomas Lesage

Volunteer: communication


Graduate of Sup de Co Grenoble at the end of 2011, Thomas directly joined the Hydroptère team. A seven month training period with the crew in 2010 gave him a taste for sea spray and high speed. Part-time volunteer since April 2013, Thomas keeps providing the team with his experience.


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