The Hydroptère crossed the finish line! 

 

 

Aloha, 

After 12 days the Hydroptère reached Honolulu, this Friday 3rd of July.

Leaving Los Angeles on Monday 22 June, the Hydroptère arrived in Honolulu after the crossing of more than 2215 nautical miles (4102 kilometres). 

The Hydroptère becomes the first flying trimaran with hydrofoils to cross an ocean. This historical moment paves the way for the development of sailboats with hydrofoils. Formely limited to high performances on a flat sea -  like the America's Cup ships - the sailboats with hydrofoils are now going to fly offshore.

Transpacific record was not beaten. The nowind conditions during the crossing did not allow the triamaran to reach its cruising high speeds. "The crossing should have been a lot shorter but, after the second day, we were forced to make a major detour at the South to avoid a large patch of marine debris. Without the detour, our boat could break. But we clocked up some top speeds of 35 knots during the first days. It was obviously frustrating but we had to make a choice" said Alain Thébault.

The challenge in this first crossing was elsewhere. Within a few hours, André Borschberg on board of Solar Impulse, the first 100% solar-powered aircraft, will land in Hawaii. An exceptional meeting between the legendary two vessels, one powered by solar energy and the other carried by the power of the wind. Two monsters, two pioneers in their field but only one message: "use clean energy". For Alain Thébault it's "an historical moment. I promised André and Bertrand to be there in Hawaii to welcome them as they arrived. We knew that there would be no wind".

But the crew remains determined and optimist: "we will return at Long Beach as soon as possible. With favourable winds, the current record is within Hydroptère's reach". 
 
This adventure still remains a beautiful implementation story. The dream "make a boat fly" came true. And, even if the record does not end well the crossing, a long path have been accomplished considering the technical, financial and human challenges faced. 
 
Coming soon, stunning pictures and videos of the crossing!  
Below a small preview...
 
 

©Alain Thébault

 

 

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