Trans-Pacific record put on hold until spring

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The pilots of the bluewater trimaran l’Hydroptère DCNS will have to wait until next season to relaunch their Trans-Pacific record attempt between Los Angeles and Honolulu.

Ultimately their 2012 campaign, which has been driven at a steady pace throughout the year, hasn’t offered up a favorable weather window to set sail for the Hawaiian archipelago. They hung on in there to the last minute, but finally skipper Alain Thébault and his crew, currently in San Francisco, have taken the decision not to set off on the Transpacific record attempt this year.

“Of course we’re disappointed. In sailing, the race begins the minute you get into the preparation stage. We knew it would be tight. The campaign began late due to the technical evolutions necessary for adapting the trimaran to the conditions of an oceanic crossing,” said Thébault.

In order to beat the Transpacific record, the pilots of l’Hydroptère DCNS will have to better Olivier de Kersauson’s time on his maxi trimaran Geronimo. The latter made Honolulu in 4 days and 19 hours.