This press release was just sent to us by our friends that run the amazing Hydrofoiling multihull l'Hydroptere. Alain Thebault, JackO and the crew are some of the realest dudes in sailing that we have ever met, and we here at SailRev wish them the best of luck sorting out their sponsorship. If you've got connections with an American company that you would think might make a good sponsorship match, drop them a line. Read more about the Hydroptere program.
French naval defense group DCNS stops its support towards Hydroptere's oceanic program. Alain Thébault's hydrofoil trimaran, originally set to attempt the Transpac record this summer, had to post-pone her departure due to the absence of favorable weather windows. This new calendar doesn't meet with the group's expectations which does not have a market in the US.
Alain Thébault and his team thank DCNS whose support helped launch the 'flying boat' oceanic campaign. The team also acknowledges the work done by the group's engineers and by all those who have supported the project over the year.
"We are surprised and obviously disappointed but we remain hopeful. This is the first time a hydrofoiler attempts an ocean record. DCNS gave us the means to start the adventure and we will go all the way. The project demonstrated it can generate a great enthusiasm and we hope that this pioneering challenge, in which we strongly believe, will find new support in France or abroad", says Alain Thébault.
Supported by the Consul General of France in San Francisco, sailors Alain Thébault, Jacques Vincent, Jean Le Cam and Yves Parlier will create "Hydroptere Pacific", a Californian structure with the objective of encouraging potential American partners to be part of this adventure.
It's time to vote for World Yacht Racing's best sailing photo of the year via their FB Page, and let me tell you, there are some beauties!
YACHT RACING IMAGE OF THE YEAR : MAKE YOUR CHOICE
You are invited to vote for your favourite yacht racing image on http://www.yachtracingimageoftheyear.com/
The 24 best photographs, chosen by the public, will be displayed during the 5th World Yacht Racing Forum from 11-12 December in Gothenburg, Sweden. Delegates from the Forum will then select the five photographs they consider as 2012’s best yacht racing images.
A professional and independent jury, made of personalities from the world of international yacht racing, including professional photographers and yacht racers, will then select the Yacht Racing Image of the Year 2012.
The winning photograph, and its author, will be celebrated during the World Yacht Racing Forum.
Get 'er done!
The team here at SailRev has been doing all kinds of sailing photo and video work for private clients lately, so we haven't been able to update the site for a few days. Luckily, our friends over at Pressure Drop snagged a few pics of the Artemis 72 launch! As soon as OTUSA glues Humpty back together from their yard sale, it will be incredible to see both boats sailing The Bay!
The wing was inserted and the boat christened today in Alameda...
It was a long tiresome day for the Artemis team, one which began before dawn. The hull moved to waters
edge in the darkness and loaded via crane slowly as the sun began to rise. By noon, the wing was attached
to the hull for the 1st time and the shore crew and tech team assured all was well for the Christening ceremony.
It was a brief, diligent affair with member of the Artemis Team in attendance, many children running about as parents
kept a watchful eye. The would be no smashing of a champagne bottle, no sir, after what has transpired in recent weeks,
shaking the bottle and spritzing the starboard hull would suffice just fine, thank you very much!
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For SailRev Video Thursday, we have two vids that were recently uploaded by Ruben Gabriel of the Moore 24 Rushmore. For a refresher on Bella Batok, go here. These are both epic, and tell the story of an incredible journey across the Pacific. Enjoy!