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Work gets me to the Galapagos Islands a couple of times a year, and during my recent trip (July) this beautiful cat was in Puerto Ayora/Academy Bay. After lots of searching on the web, I am pretty sure that it is the former Orange II. Or is it? - Anarchist Richard.

 

 

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One of the 'triplets' of that g-class generation as tipped by the hull shape and the bowsprit. Orange, Club med (I think Cam's boat was written off after their bump in the night with a container while doing the north atlantic run so probably not that one.)

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It's my favorite boat ever. "Swift", an Ollier 110' cat built by Multiplast. It was one of the 3 sisters built for the Race.

 

Orange II is getting refit to cruising status in France and afaik isn't in the water yet...

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Swift, was Gitana 13, and still holds a few records, she was refitted after chasing records to become a swift cruiser.

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2008-01-16_3062_G-13.jpg

 

afair

 

1 of those records is the 2008 NY - cape horn - SF

 

as it was against the prevailing winds to get around she had to sit in a bay for a few days before she could get round

 

but still broken the record

 

though i think it was held by a mono

 

http://sailmagazine.blogspot.co.nz/2008/02/new-cape-horn-record.html

 

http://forums.sailinganarchy.com/index.php?showtopic=66411

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Yes this is definitely Gitana XIII, sold a few years ago. (formerly Kingfisher 2 for E. Mc Arthur - Orange I for bruno Peyron and Innovation explorer for Loick Peyron)

As for Orange II she is at Multiplast being converted into a luxury superfast superyacht for one of the Bich brothers (the one running the lighters division)
http://www.multiplast.eu/en/news/newsletters/composite-yacht-news/711-a-second-life-for-orange-ii.html

http://www.multiplast.eu/en/chronology.html

To be launched next March

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bic as in ball points, lighters and the bic dinghy?

 

Yes.

Their father baron Marcel Bich was the sponsor of a French America's Cup team in the 70-ties (France 1).

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This cat was sold in 2012 by Bernard Gallay

 

En 2010, SWIFT was beautifully converted into a fast cruising catamaran with light and comfortable accommodation for the famous French yacht owner, Jacky Setton. She can accommodate 6 guests in 3 staterooms plus 4 crew. She was previously one of the world's fastest racing catamarans as Ex. Kingfisher 2 and Gitana XIII and she can still maintain average speeds of over 30 knots. Undoubtedly the fastest cruising catamaran in the world!

 

http://www.bernard-gallay.com/recent-sales-yacht/SWIFT-254/sales

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Her sister ship is (was) for sale in Dubai (?). Sandblasted and rotting, but cheap.

 

The other sistership was up near Bristol, RI still missing a bow.

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bic as in ball points, lighters and the bic dinghy?

 

Yes.

Their father baron Marcel Bich was the sponsor of a French America's Cup team in the 70-ties (France 1).

 

Not so much a "sponsor" but the private owner and sometimes helm of all the French twelves from the late 60's to 1980

 

He owned:

Sovereign / Kurrewa / Constellation / Chancegger / France 1 / France 2 and France 3,

the latest built at Dufour Yachts aluminum division as the Baron had in the interim bought Dufour Yachts out of crisis.

To fit with the national AC rules on sails he had also founded and funded a sail-loft, which was still active 4-5 years ago.

 

Bruno, the current chairman of Bic and his brother the new owner of Orange have both been part of the AC crew.

 

http://si.wsj.net/public/resources/images/OD-AS289_QABOAT_DV_20120627143817.jpg

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Anyone got pics of the one in Dubai?

 

God Damn if I had the money that's what I'd be doing.

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Swift was in Sint Maarten a few months back anchored near the Tri Hull Schooner of similar size owned I think, by Nelson Piquet? She looks stunning and if now in the Galapagos, perhaps we may see her in Australia? some time. Hope so. France was moored in La Trinite Sur Mer last time I saw her.

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Absolutely amazing , for some reason Francois Bich's contact details were in the link , so if you have a few more questions give him a call.. B)

 

More information :

Contacts :

François Bich : + 33 1 45 19 53 86
Yann Penfornis : + 33 2 97 40 98 44

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Absolutely amazing , for some reason Francois Bich's contact details were in the link , so if you have a few more questions give him a call.. B)

 

More information :

Contacts :

François Bich : + 33 1 45 19 53 86

Yann Penfornis : + 33 2 97 40 98 44

Given the number, I guess that you would find that this is his P.A's own secretary phone-number or worse the PR department switchboard

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