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New Yacht Technology Off to a Rough Start

On New York Times by Chris Museler

Armel Le Cléac’h’s Banque Populaire VIII is one of the new VPLP-Verdier boats, considered the most complex monohull sailboats ever built. Credit Transat Jacques Vabre

Armel Le Cléac’h’s Banque Populaire VIII is one of the new VPLP-Verdier boats, considered the most complex monohull sailboats ever built. Credit Transat Jacques Vabre

The last place the British sailor Alex Thomson expected to be last week was lying on the ceiling of his new racing yacht in the North Atlantic.

With the Vendée Globe, the premier solo round-the-world race, starting in a year, Thomson was testing a new generation of innovative hydrofoils in the 5,400-mile Transat Jacques Vabre from Le Havre, France, to Itajaí, Brazil.

The double-handed race, which started Oct. 25, featured several first-of-their-kind 60-foot yachts, known as Imoca 60s, designed by Guillaume Verdier and VPLP Design.

Four days after the start of the race, Thomson and his Hugo Boss crewmate, Guillermo Altadill, had to be rescued off the tip of Galicia, Spain, with their boat dis…

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Safran suffers leak, situation under control

by safran-sailingteam.com

After a good start in the Transat Jacques Vabre, Morgan Lagravière and Nicolas Lunven were forced to turn back home last night. The cause was a crack in the hull at the starboard foil that generated a leak. It is impossible to continue the race in this condition. Contacted this morning, the Safran duo are headed for Brest where they are expected in the middle of the night.

© Jean-Marie Liot / DPPI / Safran

© Jean-Marie Liot / DPPI / Safran

On Monday night at 2020hrs (French time), Morgan Lagravière contacted the race management to inform them of damage to Safran and announce his decision to head back to the port of Brest, in Brittany. Joining by the official race radio this morning, Lagravière detailed the nature of the damage and the circumstances in which it occurred: “The foil area is damaged on the starboard side,” Lagravière said. “The damage has spread around the area and water is seeping into the boat. We quickly tacked to get the damaged section of the hull out of the water. At the time of the incident, the conditions were intense but not extreme. There were 25-knots of wind and 3-4 metres of swell. The sea was not particularly rough and we didn’t hear a particular sound.”