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  1. Kalimotxo

    Cat tails from over the horizon

    Soma, I value your opinion, too. You have mentioned FINN in one of these threads. May I ask you: If your ability to go over the horizon is restricted by your technical and sailing ability (eg two weekend warriors on small trimaran) and not by your budget, would you consider a boat like FINN? Or is running a boat like that without préparateur/boat captain a daft idea that leads to doom unmitigated failure and divorce? Thank you.
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    New Hugo Boss Spotted

    voilesetvoiliers Propos recueillis par Laurène COROLLER
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    New Hugo Boss Spotted

    Hope he was allowed a can of white paint for the interior of his lair.
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    Brexit, WTF

    OK understood. But FTAs exist that specifically allow to hedge against political risk? I don't really care either way. We europeans have built the world's best medium range weather forecast team/machine in Reading though. That would be a big loss for academia and sailors!
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    Brexit, WTF

    I believe there is one important aspect you have not mentioned so far: Companies Entrepreneurs have invested vast amounts of money in the UK in the past. If When you tear up international treaties there will be lawsuits that will make your treasury officials pale and your QCs very rich.
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    New imoca boats

    I agree. I believe the initial aim was to gain time. His own words: Dominic BOURGEOIS Voiles et Voiliers Translated by deepl.com The new IMOCAs in the Vendée Globe 2020 are being launched in succession. Thomas Ruyant introduced us to his, signed Guillaume Verdier, currently finishing at Lorient-La Base and with whom he will be doing the Transat Jacques Vabre with Antoine Koch. While waiting for the launch, at the end of August, of this 60-foot boat in the colours of aDvens, equipped with a radical hull and original foils, Thomas Ruyant answers our questions with an open heart. This 38-year-old skipper surprised many people during the last Vendée Globe, aboard the former Bel Group, renamed Le Souffle du Nord, until his violent percussion with a container off New Zealand. Aided by the Mini-Transat he won in 2009, winner of the 2010 Route du Rhum in Class40, winner of the last Transat Ag2r with Adrien Hardy, the young sailor already has some bottle when he sets off on the solo non-stop round the world race in 2016. He answers our questions while surveying the construction site in Oriental where the finishing work has begun on his IMOCA. Sails and Sailboats: The project you are carrying today is the result of your participation in the 2016 Vendée Globe on Le Souffle du Nord, a VPLP-Verdier plan? Thomas Ruyant: And the boat will sail around the world again, this time with Maxime Sorel under the name of V & B-Mayenne... In fact, when I arrived in Bluff in southern New Zealand, with Laurent Bourguès my captain boat, very quickly I wanted to sail around the world alone again: I was getting off on this format where the time spent at sea is at high speed. I wanted to do the Vendée Globe again, but by raising the level of play with a more recent, more efficient boat. However, it turned out that all the good boats of 2016 had already been sold! And the new IMOCA rule gave automatic pre-selection to new yachts: it was quickly decided to build a prototype. Fortunately, there were entrepreneurs who had followed me with Le Souffle du Nord and who were willing to invest in this project. We therefore launched the implementation of this IMOCA a year and a half ago. Sails and Sailboats: And the choice of the architect, Guillaume Verdier? Thomas Ruyant: Actually, I didn't consult other designers! I had done the Route du Rhum 2010 with a Verdier plan; on the Vendée Globe 2016, it was a Verdier plan. So I got closer to the architect with whom I get along very well and who had already made progress over the past year on a project (Open Sixty) for the crewed round the world race (ex-Volvo Ocean Race). So we decided to go on this basis to design my boat: we kept the design of the hull (except for a few modifications on the front) and we adapted the deck layout to the solitary. In addition, there were already parts made at Persico Marine in Italy. All these elements contributed to moving the project in the right direction quickly, and Charlie Dalin then chose the same architect, which kept costs down. Sails and Sailboats: But it was a boat designed for the crew! Thomas Ruyant: That's why we modified the deck layout with less freeboard and a cockpit inspired by Gitana 16. But I think the result is very different from Charlie Dalin's... Sails and Sailboats: And around you, a team... Thomas Ruyant: I wanted Laurent (Bourguès), whom I have known since the Mini-Transat, to be at my side as technical director. In fact, the team's choice was made first because they are sailors and préparateurs! Everyone must be able to navigate on board to be consistent. Today, at the end of construction, there are a dozen of us until the Transat Jacques Vabre, then eight for the 2020 season. François Pernelle, who worked for Jean-Pierre Dick, joined us in the design office, then Marcus Hutchinson (project manager), Lucas Montagne (electricity-electronics), Simon Vasseur (rigging), Christophe Dansart (composite)... Sails and Sailboats: Not to mention Antoine Koch! Thomas Ruyant: He left the Gitana Team after many years of experience as a naval architect and navigator in multihulls and monohulls. I had already met him when I was sailing with Boris Herrmann on Malizia, formerly Gitana 16, which Antoine Koch had followed in its design and construction. We trained all winter in Figaro Bénéteau 3 to get to know each other. He is the one who makes the link between the architect Guillaume Verdier and the team, because he is trained as an engineer and naval architect: he has a more scientific approach than me! He particularly worked on the appendages (foils, rudders, keel bulb) and the set of sails. Sails and Sailboats: Antoine will be your teammate in the Transat Jacques Vabre. Thomas Ruyant: The boat is due to be launched at the end of August: we will do the Azimuth Challenge in Lorient, then the Transat Jacques Vabre together. We will certainly not be 100%, because we must first understand this prototype. After Brazil, I plan to cross solo to Cape Verde and then the boat will be brought back to Lorient with the technical team. Thomas Ruyant: The investors are the owners of the boat but in terms of operations, I needed a budget: aDvens, who had already followed me on the Transat Jacques Vabre 2017, then on the Solitaire URGO Le Figaro this year, decided to support me for this autumn race. The boat is already called aDvens for Cybersecurity... And number 59 (Northern Department)! Sails and Sailboats: Let's talk about the boat... Thomas Ruyant: It's hard to say compared to the other new prototypes! Especially since the only one we've seen sailing is Charal. For sure, aDvens is radically different in terms of hull, foils, keel bulb. Well, everyone is on approximately the same boat width (5.40 meters), with the width constraint at one meter behind the bow (1.12 meters). The objective of all sailors is to gain weight and lower the centre of gravity, so we have a rather low freeboard. The big difference compared to the boats of the last edition: narrower, more voluminous in front, longer foils, recessed sail plan. Sails and Sailboats: The IMOCA gauge provides a frame. Thomas Ruyant: Yes, such as the angle of the mast outriggers which limits the width. But the boats are very different: Charal is rather narrow in its rear shapes while Arkéa-Paprec is even flatter in the hull. There will be a significant speed differential between this new generation and the IMOCAs before: the technical transition began in 2015 with hydrofoil hulls, and today we are making real hydrofoilers! We will not fly stabilized, because the load-bearing planes on the rudders are prohibited, but we will have flight phases.… Sails and Sailboats: The foils are missing! Thomas Ruyant: They are not finished. But they will be even more powerful than in 2016. In fact, everything is linked between the sail plan, the position of the foils and the hull. We have gained in foil length (more than 3.5 metres out). Sails and Sailboats: On aDvens, the shape of the shaft is particular... Thomas Ruyant: We have S-shaped foils to tilt the foil up when it is retracted, and horizontally when it is extended. And we have a rake adjustment (front-rear modification of the inner hold to change the incidence of the foil, editor's note) which allows us to modulate the foil's power: we have five degrees of freedom with very large foil spans. It was found that for hydro and aerodynamic reasons, it was necessary for the tip (vertical end of the foil, which is opposed to the shaft) to come out of the water, which is why they are very elongated, but very thin for cavitation problems at the ends. But we can see that the shapes of the foils are very different from one boat to another. Sails and Sailboats: The sail plan is quite long too. Thomas Ruyant: As the mast has moved back further, the mainsail is also more elongated and the sail profiles are flatter because the boats are faster. But we also notice that the foilers need to be less cloth to go fast: at the last Azimuth Challenge, Charal was under two reefs and D-3 when the others were under one reef and D-2! From now on, the new generation IMOCAs have VPPs (speed polar) identical to MOD70 trimarans! Sails and Sailboats: With a very pronounced bilge, you will have to sail in a heeled position! Thomas Ruyant: These are boats that do not run flat. A minimum of 10° of heel is required and the optimum is between 17° and 23°. But we wanted to have a relatively versatile boat. Sails and Sailboats: The next meetings? Thomas Ruyant: After the launch at the end of August, we continue with the Azimuth Challenge in doubles (even if we won't be frankly ready), then with the Transat Jacques Vabre. And in 2020, The Transat (mid-May), the Transat New York-Vendée (June 16), Défi Azimut (mid-September) and the Vendée Globe (November 8)! The boat is already selected but you still have to qualify solo, either in the race or on delivery... And I'm already very happy that this project is taking shape because I'm learning a lot about all sectors!
  7. Kalimotxo

    New imoca boats

    That boat was conceived by Verdier to sail the crewed ocean race (former volvo). Verdier called it Open Sixty. Not optimised for Vendée Globe. Only the deck plan was altered.
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    New imoca boats

    Thomas Ruyant : [...] Désormais, les IMOCA nouvelle génération ont des VPP (polaires de vitesse) identiques à des trimarans MOD70 ! https://voilesetvoiliers.ouest-france.fr/bateau/60-pieds/imoca/thomas-ruyant-nous-presente-son-imoca-et-parle-a-coeur-ouvert-723a0996-b36f-11e9-a523-d6f6f9b23873
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    New imoca boats

    I have read in Seahorse magazine(?) that VPP numbers of this latest IMOCA-generation are already higher than ORMA 60 polars. That is astonishing.
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    Honeycomb too delicate for cruising?

    Fire resistance probably improves after saturation I have seen numbers where strength improves after saturation of core. But I have no idea how that would be possible. You are well past initial failure when it is wet, no?
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    Brexit, WTF

    Different generation. My guys went for higher education postdoc research and life in general.
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    Brexit, WTF

    Happy to report that I found that elusive Brexit dividend: I was able to hire two brilliant people from Cracow and Prague. Both lived in Britain for more than ten years and I have a small very small company in the provincial parts of germany and I would never have been able to lure them away from London under different circumstances. When they talk about England and its People they both sound like women scorned which is both sad and hilarious. So long and thanks for all the fish!
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    Honeycomb too delicate for cruising?

    Try to pose your questions to Lord Teal of Nida-Core. http://www.onboardlifestyle.com/index.html He is doing the mother of all refits on a honeycomb cruising cat and seems friendly and helpful and very knowledgeable. He might be a bit biased though. My boat is Nomex and no problems.
  14. Here is one heretical thought: my family wants to travel an extended period of time by boat. Well informed analysis leads to a boat where no one touches the helm because it is boring to sail. Am I to come to the rational conclusion to buy a motorboat and put two fabulous sailing dinghys on deck, that make everyone in my family smile?
  15. I have a small fuel cell on my tri for rain days in spring and autumn and I am very content. Next step would be a saloon i e I am looking for a 40 foot tri! fuel cell