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Figaro 3 à foils par VPLP

by Classe Figaro Bénéteau

Le nouveau Classe Figaro Bénéteau III par le cabinet VPLP

Le nouveau Classe Figaro Bénéteau III par le cabinet VPLP

Le Président de la classe Figaro Bénéteau, Yannig Livory, a déclaré:

Les trois cabinets d’architecte ont chacun présenté leur projet. Puis on a fait une réunion à huis clos pour se poser les bonnes questions et avoir des compléments d’informations et que la commission nouveau monotype de la classe Figaro Bénéteau puisse exposer son avis. Suite à ça, on a mis un système de vote en place afin que les adhérents votent. Au final, le choix s’est porté sur le projet VPLP. La prochaine étape, c’est d’entériner ce choix par le comité de pilotage qui se réunit jeudi prochain

Nous avons décidé à l’Assemblée Générale de décembre 2014, de nous pencher sur un nouveau monotype à partir d’un questionnaire établi en janvier de la même année. Nous avons cherché à nous projeter pour savoir quels étaient les fondamentaux à conserver non seulement au niveau du support mais aussi pour les courses et le calendrier. L’Assemblée Générale Extraordinaire de Bordeaux avant La Solitaire 2015 a entériné la collaboration avec le chantier Bénéteau et la date de mise en service de ce nouveau monotype : 2019. Parce que cela donne le temps de la réflexion et de la mise au point, de la construction de cinquante unités, mais aussi parce que ce seront les cinquante ans de La Solitaire… Et on peut espérer comme en 2003, que d’anciens Figaristes reviennent se tester !

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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Flying 60′ Edmond de Rothschild by VPLP for Team Gitana

by Gitana Team

Launched on 7 August in Vannes, after an eleven-month build at the Multiplast yard, le Mono60 Edmond de Rothschild was able to put in her first tacks just ten days later offshore of the team’s base in Lorient. However, on Monday of this week, thanks to a boisterous low off the north-west tip of Brittany, Sébastien Josse and Charles Caudrelier (his co-skipper for the Transat Jacques Vabre) opted to trial the machine in some blustery conditions. It proved to be a rather bracing sail which photographer Thierry Martinez and cameraman Christophe Castagne captured in full for Gitana Team.

It’s been a very studious summer for Gitana Team! Indeed, the whole of the team fitted out by Baron Benjamin de Rothschild has been working flat out in a bid to complete the build and, on 7 August, ensured the success of the launch of this latest addition to the Gitana saga: the Mono60 Edmond de Rothschild. Delivered from Vannes to nearby Lorient immediately afterwards, the latest generation 60-footer went on to have her keel and mast stepped before undergoing a series of tests to check her compliance with the IMOCA class measurement. On 17 August, Sébastien Josse and his men were finally able to cast off and get a first taste of helming this new steed.

At the start of this week, on Monday 24 August, the weather reports announced that a particularly active and deep low was set to roll across Brittany, dishing up 28 to 35 knots of north-westerly breeze accompanied by a 2.5 to 3-metre swell! Sébastien Josse and Charles Caudrelier saw it as the perfect opportunity to validate the Mono60 Edmond de Rothschild’s performance in blustery conditions: “It was really interesting to get a chance to sail in these boisterous conditions on what was only our 3rd outing! Our current phase is all about discovering and breaking-in the boat. Even though this type of sailing is giving us some positive signs as to how the boat handles, these outings are just sprints for now so they’re much too short to draw any real conclusions from them. We’ll have to wait till the finish of the Transat Jacques Vabre for that. The very demanding 5,400-mile course (nearly quarter of a round the world circuit) offered up by this double-handed transatlantic race serves as a fantastic trial run,” explained the skipper of Edmond de Rothschild.

With a little less than two months till the start of the Transat Jacques Vabre, which sets sail on 25 October from Le Havre, the pace is picking up. Indeed, to stand a chance of being ready to set sail for Brazil, the Edmond de Rothschild duo has a very tight schedule to stick to. In this way, the training sessions will intensify, notably including a 1,000 nautical mile qualifier aboard the new boat, and every opportunity for time on the water will be exploited to the full as Sébastien Josse stresses: “The Transat Jacques Vabre is tomorrow! As a result there’s no time for deliberation. If we get a chance to go sailing, we’re going.”

An IMOCA fitted with foils

From sailingscuttlebutt.com

Second in the last two editions of the Vendée Globe, Armel Le Cléac’h has given himself the means to win the next race with his new 60-foot IMOCA Banque Populaire VIII, which is now into the final www of her construction. Packed with innovations, the VPLP/Verdier designed boat will be fitted with foils. After her launch planned for March, Armel Le Cléac’h will be tested in the 2015 Transat Jacques Vabre which he will race double-handed with Erwan Tabarly.

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Leçon de foils par VPLP Design

From VPLP Design

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Dans la classe IMOCA, le passage aux foils s’inscrit dans un courant logique. Une première évolution a été de mettre du “tilt” sur les quilles (axe de rotation de quille angulé par rapport au plan de flottaison du bateau, typiquement des angles compris entre 4 et 9° avec les nouvelles quilles standard IMOCA) , permettant de créer un angle d’attaque sur la quille et donc de soulager le bateau. La conséquence directe de cet angle de “tilt” est de perdre du couple de redressement, car la force s’exerce au vent. La continuité de cette démarche a été de travailler sur les foils pour regagner le moment de redressement perdu par la quille en continuant à alléger dynamiquement les bateaux (plus les bateaux vont vites, plus la quille et les foils portent et plus le bateau s’allège et va vite) …

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