Le bateau volant Hydros.ch pulvérise le record du Ruban Bleu en 4 heures 30

On Saturday, 3 May 2014, the Hydros.ch hydrofoil catamaran, skippered by Daniel Schmäh, smashed its own record, covering the nominal distance of 66.5 nautical miles (123 kilometers) between Port Noir and Le Bouveret and back in 4 hours 30 minutes.

It is an historic performance that bettered the Blue Ribbon record by 15 minutes. This after the eight minutes it shaved off the existing record on 20 August 2013 that had been set by Philippe Cardis in Décision 35 in 2007. This exceptional performance, an improvement of more than 10% in comparison to that of Décision 35, is in no small part due to the hydrofoils with which Hydros.ch is equipped.

Setting off at 9.33 a.m., the Hydros.ch reached Le Bouveret at 12.18 p.m., after 2 hours 45 minutes of determined sailing against a headwind, to cover the return distance to le Port Noir in a record time of only 1 hour 30 minutes. This performance is subject to official approval by the CVSNG (Yacht Club of the Société Nautique de Genève).

Three of the most prestigious records on Lake Geneva are held by hydrofoils: the Blue Ribbon (Geneva-Le Bouveret-Geneva) – 4 hours 30 minutes; the kilometer record – 31.46 knots; and the one hour record – 25.63 knots.

"Benefitting from magnificent wind conditions, we were able to easily navigate certain trickier passages with a weaker wind, especially off the Evian shore, to make a very fast return run in the Petit Lac, tacking only four times," said Daniel Schmäh, the skipper of the Hydros.ch. “The Hydros.ch, with its high performance hydrofoils is a genuine high-tech platform, which has again today showed that the innovative hydrofoil boat concept here to stay and it will revolutionize the world of sailing.”

With this latest success, obtained in the Syz&CO Leman Sailing Speed Records, held this weekend, the team sponsored by the Lombard Odier Group has proven the worth of four years of technological development, which also won it second place in the International C-Class Catamaran Championship, also known as the Little America's Cup, at Falmouth in September 2013. Hydrofoil catamarans will have pride of place in 2015 at Geneva, when the 27th annual International C-Class Catamaran Championship or Little America's Cup will be hosted by the Société Nautique de Genève in September 2015. The Little America's Cup symbolizes the basic research and cutting edge technological development in the sailing sector.

The Hydros.ch team, Saturday, 3 May 2014: Daniel Schmäh (skipper), Yves Courvoisier, Jeremie Lagarrigue, Guillaume Coyon, Guillaume Sangiardi.

Photo: Loris Von Siebenthal

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