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.
ATHEOS, a consultancy ranked among the top companies on the market of information system security in France, will accompany Hydroptere as an "Official Partner" for a period of three years. Founded in 2002, the company has a turnover of 20 million Euros and employs over 130 consultants in France.
"This is a double support we hope to bring to Alain Thébault and his team. First on the sporting side as we become "Official Partner" of Hydroptere, but also on the technological side. We are committed to implement our know-how to preserve the digital heritage of this French technological jewel and especially against leakage of sensitive information, whether from a technical or human error, or from robbery. Our goal will be to secure the technology of the team so that the boat remains for a long time the fastest trimaran on foils, "says Michel Van Den Berghe, CEO of ATHEOS.
"Beyond our shared passion for sailing, I find in ATHEOS values that I appreciate a lot and which have been leading the program of Hydroptere for a long time: expertise, innovation and desire to take up challenges. We trust ATHEOS for the protection of our sensitive data in a reliable way. The fruit of 25 years of work with sea trials and digital simulations, a knowledge that greatly interests people seeking to "fly on the water". These are very complex issues. With no real understanding of the structural strains, for example, or of the flight dynamics, the road can be very long", says Alain Thébault, designer and pilot of Hydroptere.
"We are delighted to have a new partner within the team Hydroptere. This support is as strong in our view as the growth plan of - which aims to double its turnover between 2010 and 2020 – and is related to numerous partnerships with innovative SMEs. We welcome with great pleasure these new supporters who aim to secure Hydroptere the same way the Group aims to secure and enhance the oceans", says Christophe Lachnitt, communications director of.
While the Olympics in London are in progress, the team of Hydroptere finalizes its preparation and conducts sailing sessions at sea in Los Angeles. A favourable weather window could be possible by the middle of August ... The flying trimaran is ready to fly for her first oceanic record attempt.