Category Architecture

Mar 17

MACIF Trimaran re launched

Lorient, Morbihan, Brittany, France 47º43’40″N 03º22'09″W

French sailor François Gabart and his 100ft trimaran MACIF designed by the VPLP design team, this 30-metre wide, 21 metre wide boat has been designed for solo sailing. A light boat (14.5 tonnes) with very fine hulls.The MACIF trimaran returned to sea on Wednesday 8 March, after a 4-month winter refit. In addition to checking all the parts of the boat, it mainly involved improving ergonomics. The most visible area of work carried out by the technical team focused on completely protecting the cockpit.

Being able to sail safely in dry surroundings is essential for the first single-handed round the world, which Francois Gabart is preparing to sail towards the end of the year. “Last year, we partially closed-off the cockpit. We have taken this idea further this year, with a porthole and composite bulkhead system that provides the helmsman with better. The cockpit is now completely closed. I want to be able to pilot the boat without worrying about my own safety”, explains Francois, who is satisfied with the result. This new feature must now be tested at sea!

Although the single-handed round the world record attempt is the main goal this season, Francois Gabart and Macif are also preparing for The Bridge. This race with crew will see four maxi-trimarans (Actual, Idec Sport, MACIF and Sodebo) race alongside the giant Queen Mary 2 liner, between St. Nazaire and New York (start 25 June). “The line-up will be splendid. We will be racing against Idec, which has just sailed round the world in 41 days with crew, and Sodebo, which did it in 49 days single-handed – two boats that have left their hallmark on the history of sailing”, says Francois gleefully.

For the MACIF skipper this Transat will be a new chance to further his knowledge of his 30 metre trimaran. “Right from the start, with Macif, I’ve had the following approach: each racing event serves as preparation for the next. The Bridge will prepare our round the world, which in turn will prepare the Route du Rhum 2018. Our dynamic is always to learn more and perform through progress. We do this to balance out the short-term and the long-term.”

Feb 17

Couach Yachts

Gujan-Mestras, Gironde, France 44º38'32″N 01º04'10″W

Located in the beautiful Bay of Arcachon since 1897, Couach Yachts is a French Shipyard.Located in the beautiful Bay of Arcachon since 1897, Couach Yachts is a French Shipyard.
Since 1897 Couach has cultivated an exceptional savoir-faire where hand-craftsmanship remains essential for the creation of unique products.
On the remarkable site on the Arcachon Bay, Couach creates made-to-measure yachts constructed by over 300 craftsmen.
Photo assignment for the GICAN.

Jan 17

Chantier Naval de Marseille

Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France 43º20'36″N 5º20'28″E

Ferry / Passenger Ship Paglia Orba. Length 165 m X 29 m<br />
Gross tonnage:29,718 tons<br />
Summer DWT:6,325 tons<br />
Build in 1994 FranceFerry / Passenger Ship Paglia Orba at the Chantier Naval de Marseille.
Chantier Naval de Marseille (CNdM) is a ship repair yard with modern and well equipped facilities, a highly skilled workforce, a wide network of specialists and strong teamwork ethic.

Photo assignment for the GICAN.

Jan 17

Martin Fisher

Lorient, Morbihan, Brittany, France 47º43’41″N 03º22'06″W

Martin Fisher.<br />
PhD in fluid mechanics, Martin Fischer works also as a naval architect. He is considered as one of the fast multihulls specialists.PhD in fluid mechanics and a PhD in geophysics on climate predictions, Dr Martin Fischer works also as a naval architect. He is considered as one of the fast multihulls specialists: he is the co-architect of Groupamas 2 and 3. His talent has also been involved for many sailboats appendages; America’s Cup yachts, Volvo Ocean Race yachts and maxi-multihulls for solo sailors…

Aug 16


Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France 43º15'42″N 5º18'40″E

Voilavion prototype, a real flying nautical experimental platform.Voilavion is a new foiling catamaran that is performant but incredibly stable and easy to handle.
An idea of foiling catamaran with a tilting mast came from windsurfing where at high speed surfers tend to lean the sail against the wind enabling it to operate as an airplane wing and have the board take off.
Voilavion is not only about performance and stability but also about fine lines and exceptional design, the best compromise between speed, navigation comfort and pleasure.

Photo assignment for VoilAvion. Voilavion prototype, a real flying nautical experimental platform.

Apr 16


Lorient, Morbihan, Brittany, France 47º42’02″N 03º22'16″W

Belouga Zephyr and the Belougirls, Éléonore Poncelin de Raucourt and Delphine Prat.The Belouga Zephyr and the Belougirls, Éléonore Poncelin de Raucourt and Delphine Prat.Belouga Zephyr and the Belougirls, Éléonore Poncelin de Raucourt and Delphine Prat.

Mar 16

Constructions Mecaniques de Normandie

Cherbourg-Octeville, Manche, Normandy, France 49º38’28″N 01º36'27″W

CMN, Constructions Mecaniques de Normandie, a privately owned shipyard located in Cherbourg, France.Photo assignment for the GICAN.

Mar 16


Bilbao, Spain 42º16’08″N 2º55'55″W

Bilbao during the Sail In Festival, Bilbao<br />
is a municipality and city in Spain in the province of Biscay in the autonomous community of the Basque Country.

Jan 16

Belle Île en Mer

Belle Île en Mer, Brittany, France 47º20’52″N 03º09'11″W

Belle-Île-en-Mer, is a French island off the coast of Brittany in the département of Morbihan, and the largest of Brittany's islands.
Le Palais.

Dec 15

Lac de Guerlédan, Drained!

Lac de Guerlédan, Côtes-d'Armor, Brittany, France 48º12’22″N 03º03'42″W

The Lac de Guerlédan is to be drained between April and November 2015.<br />
The Lac de Guerledan is the largest lake in Brittany – it’s an artificial lake and was first flooded around 1930 for electricity production and fresh water supply. In the past itLake Guerlédan is an artificial lake in the centre of Brittany, France. It extends across the borders of the departments of Morbihan and Côtes-d’Armor,.
This Lake was created to power the dam of Guerlédan. Construction took seven years from 1923 to 1930, and encountered many geological, technical and financial difficulties. The creation of the lake and especially that of the dam cut the through the Nantes-Brest canal which from this location, followed the course of the river Blavet. Seventeen of the old locks on the canal were submerged in the Lake. the Lake was regularly drained for repair, the last time being between April and November 2015, revealing a hidden landscape of submerged locks and buildings.