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    Hydroptere Departs For Hawaii



    Alain Thébault and crew are on their way to Hawaii.

    Flying 1st class.

    Aboard the Foiling Trimaran Hydroptere

    The current record is 4 Days, 19 hours, 31 minutes and 37 seconds, established in 2005 by the 90' Geronimo, sailed by Olivier de Kersauson & averaged 19.17 knots



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    Dimensions
    Length: 18.28 meters (60 ft)
    Overall length: 18.28 + 4.5 = 22.78 meters (74,7 ft)
    Length of the floats: 6,7 meters (22 ft)
    Span: 24 meters (79 ft)
    Draft: from 1.5 to 4.5 meters (4 meters = 13 ft)
    Height of the crew above water: between 3 to 6 meters (5 meters = 16 ft)
    Mast: 28 meters (92 ft)
    Length of the foils: 6 meters (19,7 ft)
    Weight: 7,5 tons

    Sails
    Gennaker area: 315 m² (3391 s.f.)
    Mainsail area: 185 m² (1991 s.f.)
    Maximum sail area in flight: mainsail + gennaker + staysail = 185 + 315 + 60 = 560 m² (6034 s.f.)

    Speed
    Wind speed required to take off: 12 knots stabilized
    Speed of the boat: About twice the wind speed (she sails at 30 knots with 15 knots of established wind)
    Maximum speed: 56 knots (= 104 km/h = 65 mi/h)
    Maximum average speed: 50.17 knots on one nautical mile (outright speed record = 93 km/h = 58 mi/h)








    The Channel crossing record
    Hydroptere smashed Louis Blériot's motorized performance. The first flying sailboat is faster than the first plane.
    Date: 9th February 2005
    Distance: Dover-Calais i.e. 19 miles (approx. 35.2 km)
    Duration: 34 minutes and 24 seconds
    Average speed: 33 knots (61.12 km/h)


    World speed records
    World Sailing Speed Record Council (WSSRC)

    Date: 4th April 2007
    Speed record in category D over 500 meters: average of 44.81 knots
    Outright nautical mile record: average of 41.69 knots

    Date: 2008
    Speed record in category D over 500 meters: average of 46.88 knots
    Outright nautical mile record: average of 43.09 knots.


    Wind barrier
    On 21st December 2008 Hydroptere is the first sailing boat to cross the 50-knot sailing speed barrier (92.6 km/h) and then 100 km/h with a top speed at 56.3 knots (104 km/h).


    Absolute records
    World Sailing Speed Record Council (WSSRC)

    Absolute speed record on 500 meters
    Date: 4th September 2009
    Speed: Average of 51.36 knots (today the Australian Paul Larsen on Vestas Sailrocket is holder of the record at an average of 65.45 knots).
    Hydroptere is still holder of the world record in D-Class (Over 300 ft²).

    Outright nautical mile record (1,852 meters)
    Date: 8th November 2009
    Speed: Average of 50.17 knots over one nautical mile (today Paul Larsen on Vestas Sailrocket is holder of the record at an average of 55.32 knots).


    One-mile sailing speed record on San Francisco Bay
    Race committee under the authority of the Yacht Racing Association of San Francisco Bay (YRA) and the San Francisco Bay Area Multihull Association (BAMA)

    During their stand-by in San Francisco, Alain Thébault and his crewmembers learned that there was no official San Francisco bay nautical mile record. They decided to settle one in order to promote speed challenges in the bay. This record is a signal to all vessels with a great speed potential in the bay, in particular the AC72 which will be racing in 2013 for the America's Cup. Full press release here.

    Date : September 1st 2012
    Speed : average of 37,5 knots over one nautical mile (43.2 mph / 69.5 kph)



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    I have $1.00 that says they don't break the record.

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    That is a long way to foil!

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    The Official Announcement

    Hydroptere took off to Hawaii


    After having crossed the mythical 50 knot barrier in 2009, it is with nearly three meters of swell that Alain Thébault and Jacques Vincent, along with four American crew members, took off today from Los Angeles to Hawaii. A beautiful encounter is now planned between Bertrand Piccard and Alain Thébault in Hawaii, one carried by the wind, the other one by the sun with a single message: "Use Clean Energy". The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation supports both projects, enabling the encounter of the Solar Impulse team and that of Hydroptere.
    From a weather point of view, the first day will probably be difficult, and there will be downwind conditions on the southern edge of the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" debris plate of a size equivalent to the size of Texas. The crew should then find rough seas for the arrival in the Molokai channel.
    Pioneers of boats that fly, Alain and his Hydroptere will sail in the swell, which is a complex issue dealt with much humility by the entire team.


    Message of support from Patricia Ricard, President of Institut Océanographique Paul Ricard, to Alain Thébault:

    "Dear Alain, you are right, the challenges are of a different nature today! Considering the issues of humanity, competition seems from another era. Today we need more cooperation and shared intelligence... The image of your two vessels gathered will send a message full of hope and grace ... The lightness must be part of our new societies! Thank you for giving sustainable development the emotion and enthusiasm it needed so much !!! It is this impetus that we so desperately need today ... May the winds be favorable and kind to you …"
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    08:30 June 23rd Update






    08:30 June 23 position report from Hydroptere shows good progress and the following graphs
    indicate favorable winds for next several days!




    June 23 08:30 Wind Graph
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    June 24 12:00 Wind Graph



    June 25 12:00 Wind Graph



    June 26 12:00 Wind Graph



    June 27th 12:00 Graph



    Coxless Crew position June 23, 41 days into their Pacific Row
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    Looks like they have favorable weather for the ride.

    Need to keep the foiling bits in the water and sails in the air and not visa-versa!

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    Transpacific Record Attempt Going South?



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    Not clear of Hydroptere's intent other than perhaps to get further south so the can hot up and gain boat speed!
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    Thats one hell of a layline call!
    Pointing like a traffic cop, footin like a track star.

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    Looks like the just gybed back on starboard.

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