Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Macif Team to join the Ultime Class with new 100' VPLP designed trimaran

From the following article (in French) on http://www.macifcourseaularge.com


September 23, 2013
the rough bing translate is below
The Macif group will continue its commitment in the offshore race over the period 2015-2019 with a trimaran of about 100 feet, skippered by François Gabart. This new program of racing's top level will depend on Ocean records solo to the benefit of solidarity causes, races and events for all of its audiences (members, employees, delegates).
Halfway through the MACIF 60' program and a victory of exception on the Vendée Globe, the Macif Group decides to continue its commitment beyond the Route du Rhum 2014 and to go further in the competition of high level with an oceanic multihull of 100 feet.
This exceptional boat, designed by the architectural firm of VPLP, will be spearheading the Macif solidarity sea program and her skipper François Gabart served as Ambassador.
With this new program of offshore racing, Macif group has the will to allow its 9,000 employees, 2,000 delegates and 5 million members to vibrate at the discretion of new human and sporting adventures until 2019.
Through sponsoring sailing and this future challenge, the Macif Group intends to invest New Territories to demonstrate that it constantly renews itself to go forward.
This commitment in the veil of high level also reflects the Group Macif stand by deploying a communication differentiating strategy. Sports sponsorship allows you to tell a story about the long term and share its values with the greatest number multiplying field events.
"For sustainable performance in business, it is necessary to register in the long term, to listen to its environment and to reinvent itself continuously. Through sponsoring sailing and this future trimaran Macif, the Group intends to invest New Territories to demonstrate that it renews and innovates constantly' commented Gérard Andreck, Chairman of the Macif group.
"This new sporting challenge aboard the trimaran Macif will allow me to face real challenges human and technical wearing high the colours of Macif and its values of solidarity that we share for 4 years now. I hope that this new story of adventurer of the seas will me once more me and dream as many"indicates François Gabart.
The boat
A trimaran of about 100 feet long in the final category, intended for offshore navigation alone.
Length: 30 m
Width: 20 m
Mast height: approx. 35 m
Surface of sails to the close: 600 m²
Downwind sail surface: 700 m²
Provisional calendar
* From here end of 2013: Phase study and selection of service providers
* 2014: Construction site
* 2015: launch by summer and testing
Forecast plan of race
The Macif trimaran should be launched by the summer 2015 with focus on this first year, François Gabart to become familiar with this new medium. Then come large records solo before embarking on a world tour.
2015AutumnEvent Macif in Mediterranean / first record attempts
Possible first ocean race
2016SpringEvent Macif in Atlantic
 SummerAtlantic record
2017SpringPossible race Atlantic
 SummerEvent Macif / records solo inshores
 WinterAround the world
2018SpringRecord Atlantic
 SummerEvent Macif in Manche
 AutumnRoute du Rhum
2019WinterRound the world record

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