KLB Group becomes the official partner of Hydroptère!
L'Hydroptère is the fastest sailing trimaran of the world. This extraordinary sailing boat can fly over oceans at a very high speed combining the leading techniques of the aeronautical and marine industries. Thanks to a lifting surface, called "foil", in similar appearance and purpose to airfoils used by airplanes, the boat’s hulls is lifted out of the water when a certain speed is reached.
L’Hydroptère left Los Angeles on Monday 2nd June 2015 and arrived in Honolulu on Friday 3rd July 2015 after a crossing of more than 2215 nautical miles. L’Hydroptère becomes the first flying hydrofoil to cross an ocean. The Transpacific record was not beaten as the weak wind conditions along the route did not allow the trimaran to achieve high cruising speeds.
“We knew the wind was going to be weak. The crossing should have been much shorter but from the second day, we were forced to make a major detour far to the south to avoid an impressive debris plate. Without this decision, we would have broken the boat. We still made peaks at over 35 knots the first days. It is obviously frustrating but we had to make the choice of reason. We will get back on stand-by in Long Beach as soon as possible. With favorable winds, the current record is within the reach of L’Hydroptère "said skipper Alain Thébault.
The challenge of this first crossing was of a different nature. An exceptional encounter took place between two legendary vessels, L’Hydroptère and Solar Impulse, one powered by the energy from the wind and the other one by that of the sun. Two hightech monsters, two pioneers in their field and a single message: "use clean energy”.
“This human and technological adventure resonates with our entrepreneurial culture and values: Performance, Pragmatism and Responsibility” said Jean-Marc LE BRETON, DG co-founder of KLB Group. “Alain Thébault is a role model of implementation” added Flavien KULAWIK, CEO and co-founder of KLB Group.“He is one of this talents able to put a visionary idea into practice, simple on paper, but extremely ambitious and complicated to achieve. His extraordinary practical intelligence to cope with unforeseen events and face human, technical and financial challenges, has to be an example for us”.
We are really proud to be part of a unique adventure which deserves to be added to our Implementors Pantheon!
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