Thursday, 25 December 2014

Rapido Trimarans post renders of the interior configuration of Rapido 60 design

The Rapido Trimarans team have posted some updates with interior renders of the Rapido 60 trimaran.  You can find their website for more updates at

and on Facebook:

Aft cabin, render courtesy of Rapido Trimarans

Midships section, render courtesy Rapido Trimarans

Top view, render courtesy Rapido Trimarans

Offset view, render courtesy Rapido Trimarans

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Extreme Sailing Series, Alinghi win final event of the year (Sydney) and the Extreme Sailing Series for 2014

From the following news article on the extreme sailing series website:

- Alinghi snatch Act victory in Sydney and with it become 2014 Extreme Sailing Series™ Champions after 231 races this year.
- Second place for The Wave, Muscat while Realteam take third in Sydney and in the Series.
- Capsize for GAC Pindar cuts their regatta following a collision with Realteam.
- Replay today’s edge of the seat final races from Act 8 Sydney presented by Land Rover here – you don’t want to miss it!
- Just over seven weeks until the 2015 global tour kicks off in Singapore, 5th February, including a full starting grid of top international teams!

It is mission accomplished for Ernesto Bertarelli’s Swiss team Alinghi, as Morgan Larson and the team grabbed victory with both hands at Act 8 Sydney, presented by Land Rover, and with it the 2014 Extreme Sailing Series™ title – and Larson’s words say it all: “We’ve had an amazing season with an amazing team. To win the season and the Act on the last day in the conditions we had here in Sydney, which is the best sailing venue in the world, is a special moment that’s going to take a long time to sink in. The level of confidence that we have on our boat just made me realise I can win anything with these guys. This is the best feeling I’ve had all year and probably in the whole of my sailing career, so I’m going to cherish it.”

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Multi23 Mk2 trimaran updated model lighter in weight and offers more features

Phillipe Mallajac of Torpen International Boats the manufacturers of the Multi23 trimaran have forwarded the following press release which covers the updated version the Multi23 Mk2:

For those who still don’t know yet about the Multi 23 trimaran,
she is a kind small amazing replica of the famous Maxi Trimarans “Orma 60”, but only 6,72 m long, both designed by the renowned naval architects firm Van Peteghem Lauriot Prévost (VPLP) and built by the French shipyard “Torpen International Boats” up to more than 90 boats sailing worldwide, and… she is about to make her revolution! The shipyard announced the launching of the Multi23 MKII version, whom received a lot of improvements.

This new version is still built using infusion technology and high quality materials (Epoxy, carbon, vinyl ester, PVC foam core, …), which make her very light, but she receive now more reinforcements in carbon such as the beams 80% carbon and wherever it was necessary.
This new version of Multi 23 is more stiff, more responsive and faster than the previous one, she starts flying even in the slightest breeze!

Standard Multi 23 is still delivered with completely sufficient rigging of 3 sails (Mainsail with 2 reefs, Self Tacking Jib, Gennaker).
The Optimization of rudder system (100% carbon now) and the retractable centreboard, particularly by increasing strong carbon structural reinforcements, gives them reliability to withstand the forces generated by high speeds over 20 knots allowed by the design of the platform.
Among the new options, some are nicely surprising, such as:
Mast travelers allow effortless hoisting of the mainsail and add safety by controlling dowsing, even on the run, in case of reefing or simply when approaching to the mooring place. Raising up the Main becomes a child’s play!
Superb 100% Carbon Bowsprit for those requesting the asymmetric Spinnaker.

All on board is high quality equipment: the hardwares are signed “Karver Systems”, including Jib & Gennaker easy furling systems and a very well ingenious Single Jib sheet, crossing through the main beam and  mounted on a 180° swivel cleat tower. We appreciate the optimization of the operating commands wherever you are on the platform, the solo sailors will be really delighted!

In few words: Easy to handle, Speed, Stability and Safety are key points for this new Multi23, she has the talented skills to combine high performances as a sport-boat for racing, but also a user-friendly day-boat for family sailing or hiking…
Pure and unimaginable sailing sensations, we love it!
More information on:

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Transat Jacques Vabre, scheduled for departure on Sunday 25th of October 2015

From the following article on the Transat Jacques Vabre website:

On Sunday 25th of October 2015, as tradition dictates, the Transat Jacques Vabre will rally a coffee producing destination. After more than a week of celebrations around the Paul Vatine harbour in Le Havre, the four classes taking part in the 12th edition of the race will from Le Havre, the leading coffee import harbour for Itajai in Brazil, the world’s largest coffee producing country.

Le Havre – Itajaí, one transatlantic – two cities

For the past 22 years Le Havre has hosted competitors on the start of the Transat Jacques Vabre, “Transat Jacques Vabre is huge maritime celebration for the town of Le Havre and a major event that takes place every two years. Le Havre will put all in place to welcome the 350,000 visitors expected round the Paul Vatine basin from 17th to 25th of October 2015” stated Edouard Philippe,

Deputy Mayor for Le Havre.
For the second year The Transat Jacques Vabre will finish in Itajai, Brasil. “Itajai is firmly on the map as it hosts again the Transat Jaques Vabre, one of the world’s largest sailing events. We feel honoured and happy and thank the organisation for entrusting our work and look forward to welcoming you all in our city,” confides Jandir Bellini, Mayor of Itajai.

read more here

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Tour de France à la Voile 2015, DIAM24 trimaran replaces monohull with 31 entries submitted for the 2015 event

From the following article on

Over thirty boats entered for the Tour de France à la Voile 2015

06 Dec 2014

It’s been four months since the finish of the last edition in Nice and the annoucement of the Tour de France à la Voile new boat, the Diam 24. And the trimaran builder, Vianney Ancelin, has had his order book full. Furthermore, the entry list for the 2015 edition has been filled in just a few hours. A big success for Amaury Sport Organisation (A.S.O) which aimed to gather a large fleet with this new Diam 24 trimaran. The 31 entries have been revealed today at the Nautic (Paris Boat Show) and the race director Jean-Baptiste Durier has announced the line-up and the venues of what is set to be an remarkable edition.

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Thursday, 4 December 2014

Design Catamaran team show renders of their new foiling catamaran model the Toro 34R

From the following entry on he Design Catamaran website:

Our original TORO34 flirts easily with 25kts and more off the wind… How could we make the Toro to blow 30kts? Design Catamaran is in the final stages of releasing the TORO34R, equipped with foils, a 6.1m (20’) beam and a 15.9m (52’) mast. This all carbon version will exceed all the performance characteristics of the original model. To be the fastest of your yacht club, have heads turn as you sail by and all within a controlled budget, Design Catamaran is offering this no compromise sailing beast : the TORO34R.

Life is too short to sail slowly … So Fly a TORO

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Toro 34R, render courtesy Design Catamaran

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Prince de Bretagne Maxi 80 team set new reference time for Round the Island of Martinique route

From the following article (in French) on bien glace:

and the rough bing translate below:

Gone Saturday, November 29, 2014 at 8:37 local time off the coast of pointe Borgnesse near Marin, Lionel Lemonchois and his crew completed the round of Martinique (96 miles) in 6 hours, 30 minutes and 06 seconds, thus establishing a new reference time around the island of flowers on board Maxi80 Prince de Bretagne.