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DCNS terminates L'Hydroptere sponsorship

Set back for Alain Thebault's Transpac record attempt

Wednesday November 7th 2012, Author: James Boyd, Location: United States

French naval defense group DCNS has stopped its support of L'Hydroptere's oceanic sailing program.

Alain Thébault's hydrofoil trimaran, originally set to attempt the Transpac record this summer, had to postpone her departure due to the absence of a favorable weather window. The new schedule doesn't meet with DCNS's expectations, as the company does not operate in the US market.

Thébault and his team thank DCNS who's support helped launch the 'flying boat''s latest 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 last year.

"We are surprised and obviously disappointed, but we remain hopeful," says Thébault. "This is the first time a hydrofoiler has attempted 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 great enthusiasm and we hope that this pioneering challenge, in which we strongly believe, will find new support in France or abroad."

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.

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