Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Groupama Race, Frank Racing claim line honours

Frank Racing onboard the teams ORMA 60 trimaran have claimed line honours in the Groupama Yacht race.  She crossed the finish line at 10.33.12 on Tuesday morning local time for a race time of 2 days 10 hours 33 minutes and 12 seconds.

  This event circumnavigates New Caledonia and it's lagoon. In second place in the multihull division the 40' custom foiling trimaran Jessica Rabbit is consistently extending it's lead over the two catamarans that have entered.

There is an article on Sail-World with more details.


Monday, 26 September 2016

Groupama race underway

The Groupama Race which circumnavigates New Caledonia is attended by a number of multihulls with the racing trimaran Frank Racing (formerly Geant ORMA 60) and Jessica Rabbit (Custom 40' foiling trimaran) along with catamarans Moemeti and Birdies Furax 2. Not surprisingly Frank Racing is leading the entire fleet while Jessica Rabbit is in 6th place overall.

The race tracker is here:


Website for Groupama Race:


Friday, 23 September 2016

Ultime trimaran IDEC relaunched as Francis Joyon and team prepare to go on standby for another Jules Verne Record attempt

Francis Joyon and team will soon be on standby for another attempt at claiming perhaps the most coveted offshore racing record for multihulls the Jules Verne Trophy.  The trimaran IDEC has recently been relaunched after a Summer refit at Multiplast.

They have made the following press release available on their website:





There is also a video of the relaunch of IDEC:

Vannes: Francis Joyon pret pour le Jules Verne - Bretagne Télé from BRETAGNE Télé on Vimeo.

Friday, 16 September 2016

Banuls 53 trimaran Finn, new article added to pages section of blog

Jason Gard was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to have a look around onboard Clint Clemens gorgeous performance cruising trimaran "Finn".  It's available in the pages section of the blog, direct link below:


Saturday, 10 September 2016

Oman Sail/Musandam MOD70 trimaran craned out at Lorient for repairs

The Oman Sail/Musandam trimaran that capsized in the Quebec - St Malo transat has been craned out in Lorient for repairs.

Sultanate of Oman from muriel vdb on Vimeo.

Rapido trimarans, Rapido 60 hull #2 underway for NZ based owners

The construction of Rapido 60 trimaran hull #2 is well underway.  The shell has come together quickly thanks to the excellent tooling that is now in place at the factory.


Francois Gabart on Ultime trimaran Macif to challenge reference time on the Mediterranean record route

From the following article on Yachts and Yachting:


François Gabart will leave at the end of the week for a delivery with crew to La Ciotat, where he will attempt the Mediterranean record single-handed in early October.

This summer, the trimaran remained moored to its berth, where it was dismasted, to repair the masthead. For the technical team, this was also an opportunity to check all the rigging. They also worked hard to finalise the installation of optical fibres on the appendages (rudders, foils, and centreboard). These will provide valuable information about their behaviour: "The optical fibres will provide us with data on the distortions and strain on the appendages. This will be sent directly to the multihull's computer", explains Antoine Gautier, the engineering office manager. This real-time data will now enable the skipper to preserve the appendages if needed. At the same time they will be studied onshore for the purpose of optimisation.

read more here

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Black Marlin 32' trimaran design by Jan Andersen build blog by Berthold Daum

Another beautiful design by Jan Andersen the Black Marlin this is intended as a more cruisy version of the Barracuda which still offers very good performance.  The plans support building in timber composite strip plank or carbon/core. 


And a fantastic build blog by Berthold Daum who built a Black Marlin in Germany in strip plank Western Red Cedar.


Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Main hull of new ultime trimaran Banque Populaire IX enroute to Lorient

The main hull of the new ultime Banque Populaire IX has departed Cherbourg enroute to Lorient for fitting out.

Resin infusion tutorial for carbon fibre parts by Easy Composites in the UK

I thought this video gave a good description of the infusion process in this case they used carbon but it would also work for fibreglass and core glass combinations with appropriate preparation.

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Grainger trimaran TR40 design "Morello" built and launched by Larry and Amy Ketten

This lovely trimaran is a TR40 design lovingly constructed by Larry and Amy Ketten.  The boat is beautifully constructed in strip plank WRC.

A good article on Multihulls Quarterly:


Team Phaedo claim round the Isle of Wight record

The Phaedo team on the MOD70 trimaran Phaedo3 have claimed the outright world record for the Round the Island course at the Isle of Wight.  The new time they have set is 2 hours 4 minutes and 14 seconds (still to be ratified by the World Speed Sailing Record Council).  The crew

The previous world record was held by Michel Desjoyeaux and set in a previous edition of the Artemis Challenge at 2 hours, 21 minutes and 25 seconds.