Tour de France a la Southern Spars

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M34 – Tour de France a la Voile 2011
Southern Spars would like to congratulate all fifteen teams that competed in the 2011 Tour de France a la Voile. Bertrand Pace FRA with his ‘Sud de France’ team stood victorious at the end of the tour, Bertrand’s second tour win in two years. The team was full of experience, with five time Olympic gold medallist Torben Grael calling the tactics in the Mediterranean.

The historic Tour de France a la Voile was created in 1978 by Bernard Decre and consists of eleven stops in France and one in Belgium during the month of July each year. This year saw a change from Farr 30s to M34s, which meant that the number of participants was lower, given the number of available new boats has been limited. The fifteen crews raced at a very competitive level, with the top two teams finishing just three points apart at the end of the series.

The new innovative Jouber-Nivelt-Mercier design was selected as the new class for this famous tour, replacing the Farr 30 after twelve years on the circuit. The M34 is rugged enough to cope with offshore sailing, has a hull shape which lends itself towards easy road transportation and has a draft shallow enough to enter tidal ports.

Southern Spars is the official mast supplier for the M34 One Design class. The carbon fibre, two-sectioned masts were designed and produced in-house and utilise state-of-the-art carbon nanotube technology (CNT). Southern Spars, with the help of technology partner Compotech, has been able to improve the strength and durability of these One Design masts, while making them lighter and smaller in section.

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