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New Mini 6.50 Designs

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There is the next evolution in Mini 6.50 design, both series and prototype boats, as you could see at this years Trophée Marie-Agnès Peron and the Mini Fastnet:

Two scow bow series boats:

The Maxi 650 by IBD, series version of the Magnum design by David Raison.

The Vector 6.50, designed by Bertrand and build in Poland.

Plus a new prototype design by Lombard, with two boats racing, 945 and 950, somehow between scow and traditional bow.

Plus there are two more new series boats: The WEVO 6.5 from Italy, see www.cimaboats.com and the Volker Skipper 6.5, see www.skippermini.com from Brasil.

Go to Winches Club to find great photos from the MAP and the Mini Fastnet, Simon Jourdan did a great job there. Here are a few of his shots:

 

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Last photo left to right 2 new 1 old series Mini:

954 Bertrand Vector

951 Raison Maxi

720 Pogo 2

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Nice, the brasil link needs a .br

The 945 did very well in the Fastnet, from the lighthouse to finish a dragrace. He won.

http://yb.tl/minifastnet2018

 

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Pretty interesting what's coming thru the pipeline - Pogo is building their first foiling boat, a Pogo 3 variant out of carbon fiber & with foils. Can't imagine that in a cycle or two, we could we looking at Minis with foils that actually work in the series div.

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Last MT only Arkema 3 had hydrofoils, and Vlamynck didn't dominate the race, but made a solid 9th place. Riechers was testing HF on his Lilienthal - hence the name -, same did Koster on his Eight Cube, but both went back to daggerboards. Riechers said he considers Minis to be too short for steady foiling under offshore conditions and the extra drag of the HF to be a disadvantage in sum. Will be interesting if the fleet will see a P3 flying, it would start as proto then. It seems the best sorted out HF Mini is the original Magnum by Raison, which SeAir used as testbed for foiling. 

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The problem with Arkema is fundamentally it was a heavy boat with too much experimentation (including the epoxy/layup). 

Diff with Pogo's experiment is they're starting with a production builder's expertise with the Pogo 3 + carbon + actual foiling boat design experience from the naval architect. Don't think the Pogo experiment will become the norm per se - but be interesting to see how light they can get it. Can't increase more sail area - but more RM without more weight? :wub:

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It is an interesting study project for Structures, and good they do it. Need photos or better vids.
 

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Miffy you know Arkema 3's weight ready to sail? 

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