l'Hydroptère DCNS is heading toward Los Angeles
Published: Friday, 01 June 2012
After three weeks of trials on the Mediterranean, Alain Thébault’s l'Hydroptère DCNS was loaded onto a cargo ship on Monday in Toulon and will head to Los Angeles where she will be positioned to wait for a Pacific crossing record attempt.
Holder of the absolute sailing speed record over one nautical mile since 2009 (at an average of 50.17 knots or 95 km/h), l'Hydroptère DCNS will try to beat the crossing record between Los Angeles and Honolulu this summer, record currently held by Olivier de Kersauson on the maxi trimaran Geronimo in four days, 19 hours and 31 minutes. This attempt is symbolic since it is the first offshore record of a sailing boat with foils. The boat should reach Los Angeles in about 25 days. The sailing sessions will start as soon as she arrives and then the whole team will wait for the best weather conditions.