Posts tagged tropical

Oct 19

Excess 12 Sea Trial

Canet-en-Roussillon, Pyrénées-Orientales, France 42º42’02″N 3º04'06″E

Excess catamaran 12.<br />
Excess world and explore perfectly designed catamarans inspired by racing for cruising pleasure.Photo assignment for CNB Yacht Builders – Excess Catamarans.

Jul 19

Excess 15 CNB First Navigation

Bordeaux, Gironde, France 44º52’39″N 0º32'14″W

Excess15CNBBlog1Photo assignment for CNB Yacht Builders – Excess Catamarans.Come into the EXCESS world and explore perfectly designed catamarans inspired by racing for cruising pleasure.

Jun 19

Excess 12 CNB First Navigation

Bordeaux, Gironde, France 44º51’32″N 0º33'01″W

Excess12CNBBlogPhoto assignment for CNB Yacht Builders – Excess Catamarans.Come into the EXCESS world and explore perfectly designed catamarans inspired by racing for cruising pleasure.

May 19

CNB Boat Builders

Bordeaux, Gironde, France 44º51’43″N 0º32'24″W

Come into the EXCESS world and explore perfectly designed catamarans inspired by racing for cruising pleasure.The construction of CNB yachts is based on the incorporation of all the know-how within their boatbuilding yard located in Bordeaux on an outstanding site. From design to launch, the teams work with a constant concern for a job well done. Whether it is a sailing yacht or a motor-yacht, a one-off or a semi-custom, they adopt only seaworthy, durable and functional solutions. Elegance then results from the sum of a multitude of details. Sometimes imperceptible individually, their amalgamation forms a coherent and harmonious whole. They make CNB yacht builders a unique provenance.

Photo assignment for CNB Yacht Builders.Come into the EXCESS world and explore perfectly designed catamarans inspired by racing for cruising pleasure.

Nov 15

Langkawi Island

Langkawi Island, Malaysia 6º22’12″N 99º47'04″E


Aug 15

Rio De Janeiro

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil 22º56’48″S 43º10'16″W

Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Dec 13


Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam 10º49’18″N 106º37’46″E

Vietnam,  officially the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (Cộng hòa Xã hội chủ nghĩa Việt Nam).<br />
Ho Chi Minh City (Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh),  formerly named Saigon (Sài Gòn), is the largest city in Vietnam.Dĩ hoà vi quý.
Making peace is treasured.

Vietnamese proverb.

Dec 13


Hong Kong, 香港, 22º18’05″N 114º11’59″E

The MC²60 Catamaran is a semi custom high performance luxury catamaran that will set new standards of speed, luxury and elegance.The MC²60 #1 Mach² recently finished 2nd over the line in the 656 miles Hong Kong to Vietnam Race behind Ragamuffin 90 skippered by Syd Fisher with around 20 professional sailors on board. Mach² raced with only 6 crew: Renaud Bañuls the MC²60′s architect, Incidence’s Cesar Dohy who designed the sails, Bruno Laurent who commissioned the boat, Raphaël Blot, the owner and responsible for the development of the MC² catamaran series and two of his regular racing crew from his monohull days.
The MC²60 finished ahead of the three TP52, the other 90ft monohull, Chivas and a fleet of racing 40ft monohulls. The first TP52 was US based Lucky which finished 8th overall in the Transpac 2013. The other two TPs, OneSails Racing and FreeFire are regulars of the Asian racing circuit who, between themselves, have won almost every single regatta in Asia. Mach² sailed the 656 miles in 49h30mns.
Before the race, not many expected a cruising catamaran to finish ahead of the TP52s in a downhill race. In Nha Trang, many crews were thrilled by the speed reached during the downwind sail but complained about how wet of a ride it was, bailing water out of the boats all the way down with automatic life jackets activating inside the boats and being regularly showered on by seawater crasing on the deck. In response, Raphaël Blot commented :
“The only time we were showered on was when we took proper showers….We didn’t put the foul weather gear on, shorts and T-shirts only. We hear that the guys on the monohulls had a rough time; we had red wine at 20-25kts. We reached top speeds above 30kts a couple of times”.
The concept behind the MC²60 announced 2.5 years ago was to achieve an all round sailing performance similar to that of a TP52 in a cruising catamaran capable of accommodating up to 10 guests for a comfortable cruise.
“I guess we have just shown that the concept works” commented Renaud Bañuls. “Not only does the boat perform better than my own expectations, it is very easy to handle, feels safe and reaches high speed effortlessly. More impressive than the top speed above 30kts that we have reached 3-4 times was the fact that we sailed for hours under main sail and genaker at 20-28kts without pushing the boat hard”.
Blot concluded : “I am very pleased with the result. Finishing ahead of the TP52s in a downhill race is quite an achievement as catamarans have an advantage over monohulls mainly when reaching. This results validates the concept and confirms that we made the right decisions over the past 3 years, leading to a cruising catamaran that is faster than stripped out racing monohulls”
Meanwhile, the MC²60 #2 Dragon is moored in Hong Kong, getting ready for a cruise in South East Asia. Dragon and Mach² have the same interior layout but different color schemes. The semi-custom concept of the MC²60 resulted in different boat lengths and cockpit layout. Dragon is 2ft longer on the transom and carries a 3ft longer longeron in order to fly a larger mast head gennaker. While Mach² has cockpit designed for single handed operations, Dragon has a more racing oriented cockpit with winches spread out along the aft beam.

Photo assignment for MC² Catamarans.

Oct 13

Hong Kong

Hong Kong, 香港, 22º17’59″N 114º12’23″E

Hong Kong Island is an island in the southern part of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. It has a population of 1,289,500. The island had a population of 3,000 inhabitants scattered in a dozen fishing villages when it was occupied by the UnitedNo other city is quite like this. Hong Kong is perpetually on the go, between the present and the future, it is hyperactive, like the world itself in the early years of the 21st century. Founded by Europeans, developed by Asians, governed by Chinese, designed and run by entrepreneurs, architects, economists, and adventurers from the four corners of the world, in its streets and waterways you may sense the turning of the Earth itself.

Sep 09


Port Vila, Efate island, Vanuatu 17º44’38″S 168º18’73″E


Port Vila local market at night, Vanuatu.
Port Vila is the capital and largest city of Vanuatu. Situated on the south coast of the island of Efate, in Shefa Province.Port Vila is the economic and commercial centre of Vanuatu .The population is around 38,000; predominately Melanesian, with small Polynesian, Asian, Australian and European populations, namely French and British.
Bislama is spoken by everyone as the day-to-day language. In addition, English and French are also widespread. Other Indigenous languages are also spoken in the city.