Press release | Geneva, X May 2022
The iFLY is a 15-foot foiling catamaran, which using state-of-the-art design can hold steady as it glides above the waves. It is competing in the under-20-foot category, the record for which (19 hours 42 minutes and 2 seconds) has been held since 4 August 2018 by Franco-Swiss skipper Yvan Bourgnon and his son Mathis. Yohannes Wiebel and Tamara Baumann will be at the helm of this singular vessel as they go in search of a new cross-Channel record. Yohannes, from Germany, will contribute his extensive experience, having already successfully circumnavigated the Cap Horn in a flying catamaran back in 2016. He will be assisted enthusiastically by Tamara, a Swiss national.
The crossing will take place between Cowes (UK) and Dinard (France), representing the longest distance between the two countries at a width of 255km. This is a particular emblematic venture for Bordier & Cie, which operates on both sides of the Channel: in London, Brittany (Brest and Rennes) as well as in Paris.
Guinness World Records and the World Sailing Speed Record Council will both be present to certify the result.
This venture is a perfect fit for Bordier & Cie’s values as a financial institution. Combining innovation and performance, iFLY uses the latest technology – known as dynamic foil control – to hold steady as it glides along above the waves. The values of entrepreneurship and team spirit also feature prominently. Ernst-Michael Miller, an aeronautical engineering passionate about sailing, had set himself the goal of building his own catamaran, the iFLY, and setting up his own company to build it. To achieve this feat, he drew on the best and the brightest from the industry.
“Just like our bank, especially how we take care of our private clients, iFLY combines agility, flexibility and speed, and not forgetting safety,” said Patrice Lagnaux, Limited Partner of Bordier & Cie. “Passion is a fundamental building block – that extra dose of willpower that fills us with enthusiasm, drives us forward and helps us overcome obstacles. This world record attempt faithfully illustrates this passion which drives us day in, day out, to attain excellence in life and in our profession as bankers. It gives us what it takes to find the best solutions for our clients at all times. As someone once said, it’s the journey that counts, not the destination.”
À propos de la Banque Bordier & Cie
Bordier & Cie is an independent private bank established as an unlimited liability partnership in 1844 in Geneva. Since then, it has grown into an international banking group owned and managed by the fifth generation of the same family. For the past 177 years, Bordier & Cie has helped to preserve the wealth entrusted to it by its clients, growing and safeguarding it for future generations.
Bordier & Cie’s philosophy operates according to fundamental values that prove their worth over time: responsibility, unquestioned independence, approachability and resilience. In Switzerland, Bordier & Cie has offices in Geneva, Nyon, Bern and Zurich. It is also present in Europe (France and UK), Asia (Singapore) and in the Americas (Turks & Caicos and Uruguay).
iFLY is developed and built by CEC Catamaran Europe Central, founded and led by Ernst-Michael Miller. It is an all European statement – a high-quality approach, appropriate in a modern world where sustainability matters, avoiding the shipping of components around the globe. Research & development is based in Munich, Germany. Development partners and suppliers are from seven west European nations. The manufacturing site is Porto, Portugal.
The iFLY glides above the water silently, with only the high-tech hydrofoils staying in contact with the waves. Powered solely by nature, this sailing boat reaches speeds traditionally known only from heavily motorised speedboats. The vessel is not designed solely for professional sailors and athletes, but also for individuals with average sailing experience but who have a passion for the extraordinary.