The innovative Hydroptere boat was introduced to the world by legendary captain Eric Tabarly in 1987, with the goal of pushing the boundaries of sailing technology and creating the world’s first ever ‘flying’ boat. This extraordinary sailing boat has since exceeded expectations following extensive innovation from aeronautical and marine industry experts, earning its title as one of the fastest sail boats in the world. Thébault has worked relentlessly with the Hydroptere project alongside Tabarly and became the first sailor in the world to cross the wind barrier with this groundbreaking sail boat, earning him the title of the fastest sailor in the world in 2009. Thébault’s dedicated quest for excellence has propelled the technology for this exceptional boat forward and with Mumm’s support he will now prepare to break yet another world record, striving to keep his title of fastest sailor in the world, and continue to shape the future of sailing. The journey will begin in California where Thébault will navigate between Los Angeles and Honolulu on-board the Hydroptere.
Working with relentless perseverance and commitment on this exceptionally fast sail boat, Thébault now takes a further risk endeavouring to break a world first, completing the record in just four days to beat the current South Pacific record of four and a half days. Joining him is an impressive team of co-skipper Jacques Vincent, engineer Jeff Mearing, and sailors Yves Parlier and Jean le Cam, who will be at the helm for this oceanic adventure.
Philippe Guettat, Chairman and CEO for Mumm House of Champagne, commented: “The long-standing friendship between Alain and the House was founded on shared values of passion, commitment, a pioneering spirit and the pursuit of victory. This continues to be of utmost importance to us so it was natural for this relationship to extend into a partnership. We are proud to support Alain as he goes on this daring quest to break yet another impressive world record.” Mumm will support Thébault and the team in its ground-breaking quest for speed and precision throughout the journey. A jeroboam of Mumm champagne will be presented at the finish line to honour these true pioneers and to reward their pursuit of this inspired victory.