[Source:Hydroptere Project] The Hydroptere flies with Finesse: The hydrofoil trimaran Hydroptere will try for another nautical record with support from biotechnology leader Finesse Solutions.
After a year of rest in San Diego, the Hydroptere will return to sailing. French and American sponsors are joined by a new partner: Finesse Solutions of Santa Clara (California), a manufacturer of measurement and control solutions for life sciences process applications.
The Hydroptere – called “the flying boat” – is the fastest hydrofoil trimaran in the world, averaging more than 51 knots over 500 meters and in excess of 50 knots over one nautical mile. The crew of Hydroptere intends to set a world speed record across the Pacific Ocean from Los Angeles to Hawaii. Training will begin in early October in Los Angeles, with the goal beating the Los Angeles to Hawaii record time set by Olivier de Kersauson on Geronimo in 2005.
Marine pollution will pose problems on the route to Hawaii. Debris from the Fukushima tsunami as well as municipal waste are hazards found on all of the world’s oceans. Dangers are especially acute at the high speeds of the hydrofoils. The Hydroptere group has partnered with the Paul Ricard Oceanographic Institute to call attention to the problem of oceanic pollution.
Alain Thébault, the designer and skipper of the Hydroptere, is so committed to the project that he sold his house to help finance the adventure. He welcomes the new partners “especially in California, the land of pioneers and entrepreneurs…My determination is total.”
“Finesse is proud to sponsor Hydroptere because it represents more than state-of-the-art marine technology. Hydroptere exemplifies complete commitment to pushing the boundaries which aligns well with our culture at Finesse. If you can dream it, you can do it” added Barbara Paldus, CEO of Finesse Solutions.
Partners in the pioneering spirit of the Hydroptere include Orange Business Services, Dassault Systèmes, Pol Roger, Monaco Marine, Clip, and Finesse Solutions.