Hydroptère Pacific crossing – Day 5: The Hydroptère have come a very long way towards Hawaii.

 

The Hydroptère have come a very long way towards Hawaii.

 

Since the crossing start line at 21:27:02 UTC on June 22, the crew faced 2-3 metres swells and no-wind conditions.

The record will be difficult to beat but the journey continues!

Expected time of arrival​: Sunday or Monday morning. 

 

The current record of the Pacific crossing is held by Olivier de Kersauson. The French skipper managed in November 2005 to connect California to Hawaii in 4 days, 19 hours and 31 minutes with the maxi-trimaran Geronimo (30 metres). 

 

 

Hydroptère Pacific crossing – Day 4: looking back on 20 years of history…

 

20 years ago, the Hydroptère flew for the first time…

 

After breaking the mythical 50-knots barrier in 2009, Alain Thébault and Jacques Vincent, alongside 4 Americans colleagues, cast off the moorning on June 22 to connect Los Angeles to Hawaii. 

But the history of the Hydroptère began over 20 years ago.

The 1st of October 1994, Eric Tabarly, Jean Le Cam and Alain Thébault made the Hydroptère fly for the first time.

Since 1970, Eric Tabarly imagined and designed a trimaran with hydrofoils but the materials of the time did not allow its full-scale technical implementation. 

A dream come true today thanks to an extraordinary practical intelligence to cope with many unforeseen events and tackle many human, technical and financial challenges.

 

©PHILIP PLISSON

Hydroptère Pacific crossing – Day 3: Watch the last video of Alain Thébault!

 

Watch the last video of Alain Thébault! 

On the agenda: a flying boat, a message "use clean energy" and a possible meeting in Hawaii with Solar Impulse, the solar powered aircraft, of Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg. 

 

 

 

 

D-DAY – The Hydroptère is ready to cross!

The Hydroptère is ready to cross! 

 
 
 
"The decision is made, we are going to cross on June 22th!" said Alain Thébault
 
 

Despite the suboptimal weather conditions, with a beam swell of 2-3 metres during the first day, downwind conditions and, as a consequence a longer distance between LA and Hawaii, Alain Thébault remains confident: "the last forecasts are right and with the Moon, we will have a greater visibility at night when we will pass next to the Pacific Garbage Patch, a gyre of marine debris particles larger than Texas."

 

And the rest is history…
The current record of the Pacific crossing is held by Olivier de Kersauson. The French skipper managed in November 2005 to connect California to Hawaii in 4 days, 19 hours and 31 minutes with the maxi-trimaran Geronimo (30 metres). 

 

 

Using the wind, they will follow  the West route to implement a new world record! Implement Smartly !

 
 
 
 
©Alain Thébault

Hydroptère Pacific crossing – D-DAY : Big start!

 

The Hydroptère is ready to cross! 

"Decision is made, we are going to cross!" said Alain Thébault

 

 

Despite non optimum weather conditions, with a beam swell of 2-3 metres during the first day, downwind conditions and, as a consequence a longer distance between LA and Hawaii, Alain Thébault remains confident: "the last forecasts are right and with the Moon, we will have a greater visibility at night when we will pass next to the Pacific Garbage Patch, a gyre of marine debris particles larger than Texas.

 

And the reste is history…
The current record of the Pacific crossing is held by Olivier de Kersauson. The French skipper managed in November 2005 to connect California to Hawaii in 4 days, 19 hours et 31 minutes with the maxi-trimaran Geronimo (30 metres). 

 

Using the wind, they will follow  the Ouest route to implement a new world record!

Implement Smartly !

 

 

©Alain Thébault

 

Hydroptère Pacific crossing – Day 2 : focus on the 2 square metres hull!

Aloha! 

Jay, Jack, Will, Joe, Don and Alain Thébault, 6 Smart Implementors inside a 2 square metres hull, that is called team spirit! 

The most beautiful implementation stories are made by men and women sharing strong values: pragmatism, responsibility, performance and team spirit. We don't want to enhance individual achievements, but we do want to distinguish collective adventures that echo our entrepreneurial culture. 

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©Alain Thébault