Category Racing

08
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.”

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19
Jan 17

Vendée Globe 2016 – 2017 Arrival

Les Sables d'Olonne, Vendée, France 46º29’30″N 1º47’40″W

Armel Le Cléac'h crossed the Vendée Globe finish line today, setting a new Vendee Globe and solo round-the-world record of 74 days, 3 hours, 35 minutes and 46 secondsArmel Le Cléac’h crossed the Vendée Globe finish line, setting a new Vendee Globe and solo round-the-world record of 74 days, 3 hours, 35 minutes and 46 seconds and Alex Thomson crossed the finish line in 74 days, 19 hours, 35 minutes and 15 seconds, Alex Thomson has become the fastest British sailor on that route.
Alex crossed the Vendée Globe finish line this morning in 74 days, 19 hours, 35 minutes and 15 seconds

02
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…

26
Dec 16

Thomas Coville / Sodebo solo round the world record

Brest, Brittany, France 48º22’47″N 4º29’08″W

Thomas Coville (FRA) and his 31m maxi trimaran Sodebo Ultim’ has successfully broken the solo round the world record Thomas Coville (FRA) and his 31m maxi trimaran Sodebo Ultim’ arrival in Brest.
Thomas Coville has successfully broken the solo round the world record, completing the 28400 nm route in 49 days 3 hours 7 minutes and 38 seconds.
Thomas Coville (FRA) and his 31m maxi trimaran Sodebo Ultim’ has successfully broken the solo round the world record

16
Dec 16

François Gabart “Rêver Large”

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28
Sep 16

JEEP® PARTENAIRE OFFICIEL DU GRAND PAVOIS LA ROCHELLE

La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, France 46º08’34″N 01º09'58″W

The Grand Pavois La Rochelle Boat Show is the first boat show of the Autumn season.Entre Jeep® et le monde du nautisme, la passion pour le grand large, synonyme d’évasion et d’aventure, est commune. Il sommeille dans chaque Jeeper une envie de larguer les amarres dès que l’on monte à bord de sa Jeep®.
C’est l’une des raisons qui ont poussé Jeep® France à nouer un partenariat avec le Grand Pavois La Rochelle, classé dans le top 5 des salons nautiques internationaux à flot.

Between Jeep® and the world of sailing, there is a common passion for wide-open spaces, synonymous with escapism and adventure. Each Jeeper harbours a desire to cast off as soon as they climb aboard their Jeep®.
This is one of the reasons which led Jeep®France to form a partnership with the Grand Pavois La Rochelle, recognised as being one of the top five in-water boat shows.

Photo assignment for JEEP© France.

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The Grand Pavois La Rochelle Boat Show is the first boat show of the Autumn season.

26
Aug 16

VOILAVION

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.

http://voilavion.com/ Voilavion prototype, a real flying nautical experimental platform.

02
Aug 16

The Ultime Class trimaran Sodebo in Rio

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil 23º03’54″S 43º14'08″W

The Ultime Class 100' VPLP designed trimaran Sodebo and the Sailing Team in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Photo assignment for Sodebo.

28
Jul 16

The French Olympic Team On The Road To Rio

Palma de Mallorca, Spain 39º31’22″N 2º42’83″E

47 Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofía IBEROSTAR Palma - Fédération Française de Voile. 470 Women, Camille Lecointre, Helene Defrance.Photo assignment for the Fédération Française de Voile.

27
May 16

Loick Peyron & Pen Duick II

Le Pouliguen, France 47º16’28″N 2º25’28″W

Loick Peyron back to Le Pouliguen on Pen Duick II after he had retired from the Transat Bakerly.Loick Peyron back to Le Pouliguen on Pen Duick II after he had retired from the Transat Bakerly.