Hydros.ch successfully crosses the proverbial Röstigraben

After having shattered the Blue Ribbon record (Geneva – Le Bouveret – Geneva) in 4 hours and 30 minutes, Hydros.ch notched yet another record on Lake Zurich.

On 2 September 2014, the flying catamaran set a new time record for the Blue Ribbon Challenge on Lake Zurich by covering the distance from Zurich to Rapperswil and back in a mere 2 hours and 25 minutes – as fast as a car going around the lake. Hydros.ch sailed off from the Zurich Yacht Club in the late afternoon into an erratic wind of 6 to 12 knots, and breezed along the narrow lake at twice the speed of the wind.

This new challenge launched just recently by the Zurich Yacht Club is open to sailboats for speed racing from Zurich to Rapperswil and back, covering a distance of 30 nautical miles (56 km). The boat crossed for the first time into the German-speaking part of Switzerland to mark the 25th anniversary of the Zurich office of Bank Lombard Odier – Hydros's long-standing partner – and created a sensation on the lake known for its low wind by reaching speeds of over 30 knots.

"With the relatively low wind of 6 -12 knots, which fell to under 5 knots at the end of the circuit, we were not able to take advantage of the boat's full potential, but we did have a perfect wind angle that allowed us to sail the official circuit with just one tack at Rapperswil," said Daniel Schmäh, Skipper of the Hydros.ch

By bagging the Blue Ribbon for the second time, Hydros’s floating laboratory once again showcased the expertise of its research center, Hydros Innovation, in energy efficiency. Back in its technical base, the flying catamaran was wintered to prepare for the 2015 season, which promises to be exciting and eventful.

The Hydros.ch team on Tuesday, 2 September 2014: Daniel Schmäh (skipper), Guillaume Coyon, Guillaume Sangiardi, Gaël Ledoux.

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