Sodebo is not a new boat, and they're just finding she's got issues from one tack to another?
That's big news.Gabart goes for the Rhum and hopefully the ultim Class acknowledge they caused this and damaged the publics perception of the class, what a shit show
La justice autorise François Gabart à prendre le départ de la Route du Rhum ! - Route du Rhum - Le Télégramme
Good to have another boat on the start line - going to be interesting to see SVR line-up against Gitana.
I'd be interested to see the ruling in more detail; was the ruling favourable because the judge agreed on SVRs interpretation of the rules, or because the earlier actions of the Class by apparently giving favourable reports during the build effectively negated their later attempt to not classify the finished boat??
And Patricia Brochard (head of Sodebo and of the class more or less) gave a press conference, where she says the class is considering appeal :
That story is clearly not over ..
Note : I read somewhere, that an arrangement could have been SVR carrying an additional 200kg "dead weight" for the RdR.
Honestly more interested to see Armel vs Charles. Gitana was NOT faster than BPXI at any point of sail during the Finistere Atlantique and BPXI is back in the shed for final mods.Good to have another boat on the start line - going to be interesting to see SVR line-up against Gitana.
Shorter rig, lightened (and small crew), IIRC C-foils and T-foils... but mostly the weather... she had a phenomenally fast and direct run around the bottom of the planet.What were the technical improvements that were made to the Groupama 3/Idec ultim that allowed it to shave 8 days off its previous TJV time, excluding weather, obviously.
It's pretty impressive, that despite being the template for the modern 30m monsters and being ~15 years old it's still one of the fastest.