Born from the collaboration between the Hydroptère team and the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) from 2005 to 2012 and built by the Swiss shipyard Décision SA, L'Hydroptère.ch is an experimental 35-foot hydrofoil catamaran. She was launched in 2010 and has won all the speed records on the lakes of Geneva and Zurich.
caracteristics of L'HYDROPTÈRE .CH
L'Hydroptère.ch is a real flying laboratory, incorporating numerous innovations such as foils mounted on ball-and-socket joints capable of very precise adjustments, hulls with variable steps and an air injection system under the bow. L'Hydroptère.ch is capable of sailing at 2.7 times the wind speed.
The project of her construction was actively supported by the bank Lombard Odier, thanks to Thierry Lombard and his son Adrien, as well as the prestigious watchmaking house Audemars Piguet.
In 2014, she won the 3 most prestigious speed records on Lake Geneva: the blue ribbon (round trip crossing) which she kept for 9 years and the hour and kilometer records. In July 2022, L'Hydroptère.ch joined L'HYDROPTERE 2.0 alongside her big brother L'Hydroptère, reunited for the first time, to resume her life as a flying laboratory and carry out experiments.
|Longueur coque||10,85m||35 ft|
|Largeur||10,40 m||34 ft|
|Tirant d’air||22 m||72 ft|
|Tirant d’eau||1,3 m||4, 25 ft|
|Tirant d’eau foils descendus||2,5 m||11,5 ft|
|Tirant d’eau en vol||1,5 m||4,92 ft|
|Déplacement(poids)||1,8 tonnes||3 968 lbs|
|Surface GV / Solent||77 / 42 m²||829 / 452 sqft|
|Vitesse max||35 noeuds 64,8 km/h||35 knots / 40.27 mph|
|Equipage||4 à 6 personnes|