Tuesday, 23 June 2015

L'Hydroptere foiling trimaran departs on record attempt LA to Honolulu

From the following update on Sailing Scuttlebutt:


(June 22, 2015) – Alain ThĂ©bault (FRA) and a 5-man crew on the 60-foot foiling trimaran L’Hydroptère left today in an attempt to beat the transpacific speed record from Los Angeles to Honolulu, Hawaii. The outright record for the 2215nm distance of 04:19:31:37 was set in November 2005 by skipper Olivier de Kersauson (FRA) and crew on the 110-foot trimaran Geronimo.

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The yellowbrick tracker is here:


Another interesting article on L'Hydroptere's departure by Kimball Livingston:


Thursday, 18 June 2015

GF42 foil assist trimaran launched, videos of the boat in action

Following up on the GF42 trimaran design that was a collaboration between Greg Lynn and Fred Courouble.  The boat has been launched and after some initial problems (the mast dropped and broke when initial installation was attempted) has been out tearing up the ocean.  Future plans involve cruising the coast at speed and competing in the various events that are now welcoming multihulls on the West Coast scene.

Girlfriend on the road from Greg Lynn FORM on Vimeo.

GF42 first race MDR to Pt. Dume from Greg Lynn FORM on Vimeo.

afternoon trip from MDR to Catalina and back from Greg Lynn FORM on Vimeo.

Friday, 5 June 2015

Francis Joyon on the new IDEC trimaran (formerly Groupama3/BPVII) to make attempt to better Jules Verne record

Francis Joyon has announced that he will attempt to better the Jules Verne record currently held by Banque Populaire V on his new trimaran the former G3.  He is going to make the attempt with a relatively smaller crew of just six. 


Spindrift Racing also have their eyes on the prize and are going to go on standby around the same time on the specially modified 40 metre trimaran Spindrift 2 which is now sporting a new mast and various tweaks to enable the boat to be sailed by less crew.