Sunday, 6 March 2011

Hydroptère Project Update

l'Hydroptè Image copyright Gilles Martin-Raget/

l'Hydroptère, heading towards adventure

l'Hydroptère was put in a shipyard at the beginning of the winter to undergo a complete check-up. The Hydroptère team first focused on the hulls, as the 2010 European tour was really tough for the floats.

Then each element and each system have been checked, modified and optimized for the future performance objectives. At the beginning of April, the carbon bird will come back to the ocean.

Alain Thébault and his crew are eager to sail and to tackle new challenges.

l'Hydroptè has a busy programme

In Switzerland, the team analyzed the results of the sailing sessions made after the launch last October and agreed on modifications and adjustments. The data collected during these sessions have been analyzed once the catamaran was out of the water and determined the works to be carried out. These works will be done jointly by the teams of the shipyard Décision and the Hydroptère team. The objective is to ensure the future performance of the younger 35 feet sister which will conquer the Swiss lakes in 2011, starting with Lake Geneva. As soon as she was launched, l’Hydroptè already exceeded the speed of 28 knots during a trial session.