(Source: Future Fibres) Future Fibres has been involved in the multihull sector for over a decade and had considerable success, for example, with Franck Cammas’ record breaking Groupama trimarans. Earlier this month the company welcomed Torbjörn Linderson as product manager for the multihull sector. His arrival and extensive experience has already begun to pay dividends … Read more
François Chevalier & Jacques Taglang continue to produce interesting comparisons between existing wing designs and platforms and the future AC72 set up: ©François Chevalier For quite some time now, the size of the AC72 is subject of recurrent criticisms: huge size, maneuverability delicate if not dangerous, tremendous costs, and so on. Though we would prefer to … Read more
Chevalier Taglang published this comparison between the winged trimaran Oracle 2010 vs. Artemis / Gitana XII 2012. According to Taglang, the Oracle wing is 28 meters (91’9″) higher than Artemis ex-Gitana XII (AC72 mast)! The yellow and black dotted lines on the right design show the silhouette of Gitana XII. Epic.
(Source: Lewmar USA) The team at Navtec would like to congratulate Loïck Peyron and his crew onboard Banque Populaire V as the new holder of Jules Verne trophy for the fastest nonstop circumnavigation. Banque Populaire V is rigged with Navtec’s standard Z system PBO lateral rigging and Navtec’s anti- torsion PBO headstay. 29,002 miles in … Read more
The latest mad creation from the lake Geneva posse has been launched. It’s the P28’s innovative sail plan which we are particularly interested in. © P28 foiler Philippe Schiller / myimage.ch (Source: P28Foiler.com) The P28 «Gonet & Cie» has a double-surfaced sail stiffened by its internal structure. This type of rig resembles a ribcage. Each … Read more
There is more to it than just sticking a wing into a boat to make it go faster. The loads go up and a different set of deck hardware and systems are required, all resulting in some serious boat building. Here we have a unique peek behind the scenes of Emirates Team New Zealand as they … Read more
Joyon’s Tri ‘IDEC’ is now on tow and heading for the US eastern seaboard – final destination is yet to be confirmed. What these first pictures do tell us is that the team from Miller Marine Services managed to salvage at least parts of the mast and the boom. Messy.
We are just one week away from the first AC45 regatta and the teams are either busy setting up their boats or trying to pay their bills to join the party. While Oracle seems to be well stocked with spare wings, see picture below, the ‘class spares’ will surely be depleated by the end of the … Read more
(Source: Lorima) Stepping of the 145′ VPLP, “HEMISPHERE” : a 54 m carbon mast on the largest sailing catamaran ever built !