On Wednesday 17th April, in the Parisian workshop of the architect Jean Nouvel, Alain Thébault and his teammates Jean Le Cam and Yves Parlier announced the continuation of the ocean program for Hydroptere. In a few weeks, they will try to beat the record of the Transpacific crossing between Los Angeles and Honolulu.
Jean Le Cam has just completed a new world tour and imperially takes the fifth place in the Vendée Globe Race in exactly 88 days. "King Jean" will be a crewmember of l'Hydroptère for the Pacific record attempt next summer.
After an eventful year and a first summer spent in the USA, the Hydroptere team of Alain Thébault is taking advantage of the winter season to fine-tune their technological and sports program. The partner search continues.
French naval defense group DCNS stops its support towards Hydroptere's oceanic program. Alain Thébault and his team thank DCNS whose support helped launch the 'flying boat' oceanic campaign. "DCNS gave us the means to start the adventure and we will go all the way", said Alain Thébault.
Discover the new infography of Hydroptere that illustrates in 7 points the characteristics of the fastest sailboat in the world. A list of amazing figures to understand better how the experimental trimaran manages to take off and reach top speeds.
Bernard Fixot, President of XO Editions and Alain Thébault signed a publishing contract concerning a book with large diffusion. After "Pilote d’un rêve" by Flammarion in 2005 and "Le mur du vent" by la Martiniere in 2009, the skipper of the fastest sailing boat in the world is starting to write his third book to be released next spring in French, English and German.
New book and new milestone for the "flying sailor" this summer as he is going to try to beat the South Pacific crossing record (Los Angeles - Honolulu) aboard his experimental trimaran. After conquering the outright sailing speed record in 2009 (over 50 knots of average over one nautical mile), Alain Thébault intends to demonstrate the offshore sailing potential of "flying" sailboats and aims to eventually develop a maxi hydroptere capable of beating the greatest oceanic records.
ALAIN THÉBAULT, LE "flying sailor" onboard L'HYDROPTÈRE in may - COPYRIGHT FRANCIS DEMANGE
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