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News of the Hydroptère trimaran


News of the Hydroptère trimaran

The Hydroptère trimaran which held the sea speed record (over both 500m and one mile) has now been in Los Angeles for two years, where it is waiting to be able to tackle the record for the Pacific.

With no sponsors, its skipper, Alain Thébault, has been waiting, and has now convinced two Californian companies - Finesse Solutions and Shasta Crystals – to help him get his beautiful trimaran flying again.
So, the Transpacific is once again the aim for its crew, who hope to set off next spring. Meanwhile, at the end of the year, the Hydroptère welcomed a distinguished guest, Lars Abromeit, a journalist with Geo magazine, who came to make a full report on this incredible multihull. After sailing three meters above the surface of the water, with the foils just scratching the sea at 31 knots, the Hydroptère quickly reached Catalina Island, the destination for this rather special cruise...
As for the Hydroptère’s replacement, it is currently being designed, and its aim remains to sail at 80 knots.

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Further reading

Hydroptère, tackling the Pacific

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A new record for l'Hydroptère

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The Pacific in the Hydroptère

We have dreamt about it, but we will have to wait a little while longer. 
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