Please select your home edition
Edition
Ancasta Ker 40+ 728x90

l’Hydroptère.ch takes on Blue Ribbon speed record

by MaxComm Communication on 13 Jul 2012
l’Hydroptère.ch takes on Blue Ribbon speed record © Loris von Siebenthal/HYDROS
The experimental catamaran l’Hydroptère.ch, crewed by Daniel Schmaeh, Stéphane Dyen, Gaël Ledoux, Guillaume Coyon and Cédric Pochelon, have gone after the mythical Blue Ribbon speed record between Geneva and le Bouveret and back, a record held since 2007 by Décision 35, captained by Philippe Cardis, in 4 hrs 53 mins 19 secs.

After having left at 10.30 a.m., propelled by a strong westerly wind, the hydrofoil catamaran made exceptional time en route to Le Bouveret, reaching Yvoire in less than half an hour and then Le Bouveret in one hour 44 minutes – the absolute speed record on this course aboard a yacht.

The return trip proved more challenging, sailing into the wind blowing from the west, which prevented the team from performing numerous maneuvers. l’Hydroptère.ch finally crossed the line after five hrs 17 mins 42 secs – a remarkable time which not only ranks as the best performance of the year, but also as the record for a yacht, the previous best time being five hrs 35 mins.

'Our outbound journey was extraordinary,' enthused Daniel Schmaeh, skipper of l’Hydroptère.ch. But conditions proved particularly unfavorable on the return trip. We were expecting the Joran on this small lake; instead, we were hit by a westerly wind which prevented us from performing numerous tacking maneuvers. That is what cost us the record.'


Record attempts are normally made in northerly winds, and the l’Hydroptère.ch team knew very well when they left this morning that conditions were not perfect. 'For us, it was above all a good opportunity to acquaint ourselves with the course and to work on our maneuvers,' explained project head Jérémie Lagarrigue, who followed the attempt from a distance.

'We knew that the record would be very difficult to beat, which gives us even greater satisfaction that we came so close. We will of course continue with our attempts and try to prove that boats equipped with hydrofoils are superior to other vessels. Indeed, the goal of Hydros is not simply to beat records: it is to prove that efficient use of technology can reduce energy consumption and thus improve energy output, be this in relation to a race yacht or an industrial Hydroptere website

Colligo Marine 660x82Schaefer 2016 Ratchet Block 660x82Southern Spars - 100

Related Articles

Legendary Mitch Booth to compete in St-Barth Cata Cup 2016
Sixty teams have already confirmed they will be competing in the event. As a triple world champion, Booth is no stranger to the F18. For this edition, he will be joined by Andy Dinsdale, a regular on the waters around St Barth.
Posted on 28 Sep
GC32 Racing Tour - Adam Minoprio and GC32 Norauto shine in Spain
It isn't just the boats that fly across the water, but also the GC32 Norauto team. It isn't just the boats that fly across the water, but also the GC32 Norauto team. Event after event, the French team have been improving their performance and are having a flying first season on the GC32 Racing Tour, despite the crew changes, variations to the race areas and sailing conditions.
Posted on 26 Sep
Olympic Gold medalist and Volvo Ocean Race winner up for WS Board
Torben Grael (BRA) is amongst the 15 nominations for one of seven places on the Board of Directors of World Sailing Torben Grael (BRA) is amongst the 15 nominations for one of seven places on the Board of Directors of World Sailing in November. The five times Olympic medalist, Volvo Ocean Race winner and several times America's Cup competitor will bring a much needed sailing edge to the Board of World Sailing if he can navigate the politics of the controlling body of the sport.
Posted on 25 Sep
World Sailing President nominated by 45 Member National Associations
Incumbent World Sailing President, Carlo Croce (ITA) has welcomed nominations from 45 Member National Associations Incumbent World Sailing President, Carlo Croce (ITA) has nominations from 45 Member National Associations [MNAs] for his re-election as the President of Sailing’s International Federation. Nominations for the position of President have been formally published by World Sailing and show widespread support for Croce.
Posted on 25 Sep
GC32 Racing Tour – Team Engie heads to Act 4
The fleet of hydro-foiling GC32 catamarans will meet again in Andalusia (Spain) for the fourth stage of the circuit Sotogrande, which is located some 25 km from Gibraltar, looks to be a tricky course for the GC32s. Over four days the seven crews competing in this circuit will again provide us with a stunning and intense show.
Posted on 21 Sep
GC32 La Reserva de Sotogrande Cup sets sail tomorrow
At present on the third podium place, but hoping to rise higher is Armin Strom Sailing Team of GC32 Class President. At present on the third place of the podium, but hoping to rise higher is Armin Strom Sailing Team of GC32 Class President, Flavio Marazzi. The Swiss former Olympic Star sailor has been rotating crew this season, and this includes himself. Kiwi match racing champion, Phil Robertson, stood in for him at the last event, Copa del Rey MAPFRE, where they finished second.
Posted on 21 Sep
Team Oman Air look to preserve their lead in Madeira
Team Oman Air is intent on upping the ante when racing gets underway at the Extreme Sailing Series’ new venue in Madeira Team Oman Air is intent on upping the ante when racing gets underway at the Extreme Sailing Series’ brand new venue in Madeira in a bid to safeguard and increase their five-point overall lead throughout the remaining three events in 2016
Posted on 19 Sep
Rolex Regattas attract more than 350 boats in U.S.
The Rolex Big Boat Series is the third and concluding event of the 2016 Rolex Yachting calendar in the U.S. The Rolex Big Boat Series is the third and concluding event of the 2016 Rolex Yachting calendar in the U.S., and it will close out the year with a bang. A record fleet of 127 boats has registered for the 52nd edition of the regatta that begins tomorrow and is hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club on San Francisco Bay.
Posted on 15 Sep
M32 Series - Ian Williams unstoppable in Stockholm
Ian Williams and GAC Pindar were crowned champions of the M32 Scandinavian Series today after winning the series final Ian Williams and GAC Pindar were crowned champions of the M32 Scandinavian Series today after winning the series final in Stockholm. The local teams skippered by Hans Wallén and Nicklas Dackhammar couldn’t get close enough to challenge the British skipper in front of the crowds at Riddarfjärden.
Posted on 11 Sep
Extreme Sailing Series - Images from the final day in St Petersburg
Eugenia Bakunova of mainsail.ru was on the water for the final day of the Extreme Sailing Series in St Petersburg Eugenia Bakunova of mainsail.ru was on the water for the final day of the Extreme Sailing Series in St Petersburg, Russia. She reports that there wasn't a lot of win for the GC32 foilers, but plenty of sun, rain and the inevitable rainbow.
Posted on 5 Sep