|Le Breton Yachts Newsletter June 2010|
SIG45 Pops Her Racing Cherry in Style!
The SIG45 has completed her first two race events with considerable aplomb, with a 1,1,2 in her first inshore races, and 2,1 in her first offshore races. For a report on these races, please read Alexis de Cenival’s account. Alexis is a very experienced and capable racing sailor, who is always a pleasure to have aboard. We value his opinions and are therefore happy to say he is very taken with the SIG45.
o do take the time to read how the SIG45, crewed by three men and a 13 year-old, beat a fully-crewed carbon Marten 72 to take first place by 45 minutes over 94 miles.
The photos below show our powerful new Code 0 hoisted and working hard (below left) and being put to good use by an energetic crew member who is keeping his weight forward while we sail upwind in light airs.
VPLP on form - America’s Cup, Trans-Med Record, Jules Verne Trophy and three IMOCA 60s
VPLP, the firm commissioned to design the SIG45, continues to exert its dominance in multihulls.
BMW Oracle, Larry Ellison’s VPLP trimaran, convincingly won the America’s Cup Deed of Gift race 2,0, beating Alinghi’s catamaran. The spiderlike racing boat, with its extraordinary 70 metre wing sail, reached 33 knots on the final reach in just 10 knots of breeze. Despite the acrimony of the last few years, the America’s Cup certainly delivered an enormous leap forward in sailing technology. It was an honour for the SIG45 to sail next to her big cousin – see the pictures below.
Groupama 3, the 105ft trimaran skippered by Franck Cammas, beat the Round the World record, winning the famous Jules Verne Trophy, with a time of 48 Days 7 hours 44 minutes and 52 seconds. After facing challenging weather conditions for much of the race, Groupama 3 put on a burst of speed in a rush up the Altantic to take the record. The distance sailed was 28,523 nautical miles (52,825 km), with an extraordinary average speed through the water of 24.26 knots. Congratulations!
In May, the giant racing trimaran Banque Populaire V, set a new record for the crossing of the Mediterranean, from Marseilles in the South of France to the city of Carthage, in Tunisia. 14 hours, 20 minutes, and 34 seconds was all it took, with an average speed of 33.24 knots.
Finally, and the application of multihull thinking to racing monohulls in its partnership with Guillame Verdier is resulting in a strong foothold in racing monohulls, with three IMOCA60s for the Vendee Globe: PRB, Virbac Paprec and a boat for ”Le Professeur”, Michel Desjoyeau!