Alain Thebault and team announce exciting plans for foiling trimaran

The team behind Hydroptère, the hydrofoiling trimaran which last year

broke the world speed sailing record at an average speed of 50 knots,

have annouced an ambitious new project. 

 Alain Thébault and his team

aim top build two new boats with the aim of sailing around the world in

approximately 50 days on what they have dubbed ‘l’Hydroptère maxi’. 

To reach this objective, the team, with the help of the “papés” (retired

engineers) and of their scientific adviser, The Swiss Technological

Institute in Lausanne, decided to follow the same experimental process

as that employed by Alain Thébault in the development of l’Hydroptère

and to consider an intermediate step, that being to build a test model

on a reduced scale, to be named ‘l’Hydroptère.ch.

This will serve as a lab boat whose main purpose is to test

geometries and behaviours in varied real conditions for the development

of l’Hydroptère maxi.

As a Swiss-French project l’Hydroptère.ch is being built in two

shipyards, one in Brittany and one in Switzerland, and the test boat

should be launched at the beginning of the summer (2010).

 Find

out more at The Hydroptere Website