THE IMOCA thread, single/double handed & TOR

nroose

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11th hour are the favorites, and are living up to it! I would not have thought Enright was up to it. I guess I guess they have done the most prep. I am not sure how many are on board each of the boats for this leg or who is on board which boats. I will be following.
 

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11th hour are the favorites, and are living up to it! I would not have thought Enright was up to it. I guess I guess they have done the most prep. I am not sure how many are on board each of the boats for this leg or who is on board which boats. I will be following.
i am rooting for Keven as well. Teams? Perhaps you can look at the website = 4 plus the reporter. .https://www.theoceanrace.com/en/teams
 

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i am rooting for Keven as well. Teams? Perhaps you can look at the website = 4 plus the reporter. .https://www.theoceanrace.com/en/teams
In my defense, 11th hour has 6 listed. Malizia and Guyot have 7 listed. Biotherm and Holcim have 8 listed. Some are onboard reporters, and so I guess some of the crew are not onboard on every leg. Just wanted them to be more clear.
 

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In my defense, 11th hour has 6 listed. Malizia and Guyot have 7 listed. Biotherm and Holcim have 8 listed. Some are onboard reporters, and so I guess some of the crew are not onboard on every leg. Just wanted them to be more clear.
That is correct ie not all of the listed crew on onboard every leg. only 4 plus OBR per leg. Some of the crew lists specify this.
 

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11th hour are the favorites, and are living up to it! I would not have thought Enright was up to it. I guess I guess they have done the most prep. I am not sure how many are on board each of the boats for this leg or who is on board which boats. I will be following.
SO they bloody should be. They have spent multiple 10s of millions and built a boat solely for winning this race. Everyone else has the Vendee in mind.
If 11th Hour don't win they have some questions to answer.
 

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SO they bloody should be. They have spent multiple 10s of millions and built a boat solely for winning this race. Everyone else has the Vendee in mind.
If 11th Hour don't win they have some questions to answer.
It's not like building a house or writing an app. This is a difficult endeavor. Lots of things can go wrong. It's not like you are funding them and can rip into them if they don't win. It's their project and they are doing it for their reasons. The really only answer to themselves. But I hope no matter what, they consider it a rewarding experience.
 

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It's not like building a house or writing an app. This is a difficult endeavor. Lots of things can go wrong. It's not like you are funding them and can rip into them if they don't win. It's their project and they are doing it for their reasons. The really only answer to themselves. But I hope no matter what, they consider it a rewarding experience.
You are right, it is more like putting together a professional sailing team, building a purpose built boat and having the longest possible run up with the largest budget. If you don't win you need to know why, and so do the sponsors.
You are also right that it is their project and they are doing it for their reasons, but if they are spending all that time and money and don't win they better have bloody good reasons.
I have not said that I expect them to win or not, just that they better have some good excuses if they don't... I won't be asking what they are, but I know some people who will be.
 

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11th hour Racing is a much encompassing project, with winning the TOR as their individual purpose.
Also Paul Meilhat has said right from the moment the Imoca was agreed that he wanted to do the TOR.
The others more or less the same, and all but Team Europe build their boat with the TOR in mind.

And BTW, I always said, or rather hoped, that 11th hour would pull some other teams along, and I'm happy that, despite all that is happening in the world, there is now a real race.
 

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You are right, it is more like putting together a professional sailing team, building a purpose built boat and having the longest possible run up with the largest budget. If you don't win you need to know why, and so do the sponsors.
You are also right that it is their project and they are doing it for their reasons, but if they are spending all that time and money and don't win they better have bloody good reasons.
I have not said that I expect them to win or not, just that they better have some good excuses if they don't... I won't be asking what they are, but I know some people who will be.

11th hour Racing is a much encompassing project, with winning the TOR as their individual purpose.
Also Paul Meilhat has said right from the moment the Imoca was agreed that he wanted to do the TOR.
The others more or less the same, and all but Team Europe build their boat with the TOR in mind.

And BTW, I always said, or rather hoped, that 11th hour would pull some other teams along, and I'm happy that, despite all that is happening in the world, there is now a real race.
Seems like this just ignores that 11th Hour is really a new team in IMOCA. The other teams seem to each have a history of producing results. It's an ambitious effort, but in no serious endeavor, can you just decide you want to be a dynasty and put in the resources. I am guessing the people involved are clear-eyed about how uncertain success is. And probably that is a big part of the appeal for them.
 

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Seems like this just ignores that 11th Hour is really a new team in IMOCA. The other teams seem to each have a history of producing results. It's an ambitious effort, but in no serious endeavor, can you just decide you want to be a dynasty and put in the resources. I am guessing the people involved are clear-eyed about how uncertain success is. And probably that is a big part of the appeal for them.
They are a decade old team in Ocean Racing and have members of their team who have been around IMOCA a lot longer than that. Just because Charlie, Mark and their sponsor are new to IMOCA does not mean the team are.
You could just as easily argue that the IMOCA teams are new to crewed Round the World Racing.
I initially was just responding to your comment that they are the favourites by pointing out that they really should be, as they have put more resource into this race than any of the other teams.
 

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COMMUNIQUÉ DE PRESSE DU 24/01/2023​

C'EST AVEC LE SKIPPER ANGLO-SAXON PHIL SHARP que Black Pepper® Yachts [Nantes - F44] a décidé d’embarquer pour la troisième fois à destination du prochain Vendée Globe en construisant un nouvel IMOCA. La mise à l’eau de ce bateau dont Black Pepper® Yachts sera également Co-armateur, est prévue à l’été 2023 ; à temps pour s’entrainer avant le départ de la prochaine Transat Jacques Vabre qui constituera la première grande course de ce bateau.

IT IS WITH THE ANGLO-SAXON SKIPPER PHIL SHARP that Black Pepper® Yachts [Nantes - F44] will construct a new IMOCA bound for the next Vendée Globe. The launch of this boat, of which Black Pepper® Yachts will also be Co-owner, is scheduled for summer 2023; allowing good time to train before the start of the next Transat Jacques Vabre, the first major race for this boat.
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Michel de Franssu & Phil Sharp - ©Black Pepper Yachts
Il s’agit de nouveau d’un plan Sam Manuard, et si son design s’inscrit dans la ligne de ses prédécesseurs construits par le chantier (Bureau Vallée 3 ex. l’Occitane en Provence - 2019, et Initiative Cœur - 2021), il sera néanmoins très différents de ces derniers avec de nombreuses modifications techniques, notamment sur sa forme de carène.

It is again a Sam Manuard design, and if she is in line with its predecessors built by the shipyard (Bureau Vallée 3 ex. l'Occitane en Provence - 2019, and Initiative Cœur - 2021) , it will nevertheless be very different from the latter with numerous technical modifications, in particular to her hull shape.
Black Pepper® Yachts Constructeur, Sam Manuard Architecte, Phil Sharp Skipper, poursuivent ensemble l’objectif commun de construire l'Imoca le plus performant possible, mais aussi de s’inscrire dans une démarche vertueuse et durable en développant des solutions originales imaginées afin de limiter l’impact carbone de ce dernier ; c’est dans ce but que l’ensemble des moules du bateau ont été réalisés par recyclage-ré usinage d’ancien moules, que de nombreuses pièces seront construites à partir de matériaux biosourcés et enfin que l’énergie à bord sera fournie par une pile à hydrogène.
Cet IMOCA pionnier sera également le premier à remplacer les combustibles fossiles par un système énergétique à zéro émission. L’IMOCA OceansLab utilisera exclusivement la technologie de pile à combustible à hydrogène, grâce à un ‘Hydrogen Power Module’, créé et développé par l’équipe Genevos dont Sharp, avec sa passion pour les innovations en matière d'énergies renouvelables, est l’un des co-fondateurs.

Black Pepper® Yachts Builder, Sam Manuard Architect, Phil Sharp Skipper, together pursue the common goal of building the most efficient boat possible, but also of being part of a virtuous and sustainable approach by developing original solutions designed to limit the latter's carbon impact; it is for this purpose that all the boat's molds have been made by recycling and re-machining old moulds, that many parts will be built from bio sourced materials and finally that the energy on board will be supplied by a hydrogen fuel cell.
This pioneering IMOCA will also be the first to replace fossil fuels with a zero emission energy system. The OceansLab IMOCA will exclusively use hydrogen fuel cell technology, thanks to a ‘Hydrogen Power Module’, created and developed by the team at Genevos, where Sharp, who has a passion for renewable energy innovation, is a co-founder.

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©Joka Gemesi - Black Pepper Yachts

Le constructeur​

The builder

Black Pepper® Yachts,
dont le chantier est situé à Nantes, F.44 s’illustre depuis des années déjà par sa capacité à mener à bien d’importantes réalisation de voiliers « One Off ». Considéré comme le spécialiste des voiliers de course-croisière « high-tech », il consolide pour la troisième fois avec ce nouveau projet sa position dans la construction de voiliers de compétition. Créateur et patron du chantier Black Pepper® Yachts, Michel de Franssu est aux commandes de ce projet. Il connaît bien les contraintes liées à la construction de voiliers en carbone qui constitue l’ADN du chantier, créateur des magnifiques « Codes » : Code #, Code 0, Code 1, Code 2, et Code 3 et bientôt le catamaran Code c.69.

Black Pepper® Yachts,
whose shipyard is in Nantes; F.44 has distinguished itself for years now by its ability to deliver major construction of “One Off” sailboats. Considered as the specialist in “high-tech” racing-cruising sailboats, the shipyard is consolidating for the third time with this new project its position in the built of racing sailing boats. Creator and CEO of the Black Pepper® Yachts shipyard, Michel de Franssu is at the helm of this project. He understands well the constraints linked to the construction of carbon sailboats which constitutes the DNA of the shipyard, creator of the magnificent "Codes": Code #, Code 0, Code 1, Code 2, and Code 3 and soon the catamaran Code c. 69.

L'architecte​

The architect

Sam Manuard,
Avec plus de 10% de la flotte qui prendra le départ du prochain Vendée Globe, Sam, à la fois architecte et coureur, concepteur de bateaux aux palmarès éloquent, confirme avec ce nouveau bateau la pertinence de ses choix architecturaux avant-gardistes – étrave de scow -, dont il fut à l’origine en 2019 avec l’Occitane en Provence.

Sam Manuard,
With more than 10% of the fleet which will be taking the start of the next Vendée Globe, Sam, both architect and racer, designer of boats with eloquent track records, confirms with this new boat the relevance of his avant-garde architectural choices – scow bow -, which he was originally in 2019 the first one to design with IMOCA L'Occitane en Provence.

Le skipper, le projet​

The skipper, the project

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Phil Sharp,

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Podiums
2 x Champion du monde en Class 40
3 x Records du monde de vitesse
L’un des plus renommés et compétitifs des ocean racers Britanniques, Phil Sharp, a remporté plus de 25 podiums dans des courses transatlantiques et côtières, deux championnats au large et a battu trois records du monde de vitesse à la voile.


OCEANSLAB sera le premier bateau de course qui intègrera un système d’énergie électrique à hydrogène, une technologie qui est disponible autant pour les bateaux commerciaux que pour les bateaux de plaisance. Le système d’énergie zéro émission de cet IMOCA fournira toute l’énergie à bord, en plus de sa propulsion en dehors des courses.
Le remplacement de l’énergie à base de combustible fossile par des solutions à base d’énergie renouvelable est une étape essentielle non seulement dans notre sport, mais également dans l’ensemble du secteur maritime. Certes, je navigue pour gagner des courses mais surtout pour prouver qu’en utilisant les dernières technologies propres, on peut gagner sans émettre aucune émission.” précise Sharp.
Phil Sharp participera dans les événements IMOCA Globe Series grand slam aux courses transatlantiques, la Transat Jacques Vabre et la Route du Rhum, ainsi que d’autres courses importantes en tour du monde, Le Vendée Globe et The Ocean Race.

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Phil Sharp,

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Podiums
2 x World champion in Class 40
3 x World speed records
One of Britain’s most competitive and successful ocean racers, has achieved over 25 podiums in transatlantic and coastal racing, as well as winning two offshore championships and breaking three World Sailing Speed Records.

 


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