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.