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Groupama lll maxi-trimaran, 800+ mile days

Discussion in 'General Catamaran Discussion' started by brian eiland, Jul 27, 2006.

  1. brian eiland

    brian eiland Senior Member

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    ...courtesy Scuttlebutt

    800 MILE DAYS
    (Editor James Boyd takes a sail on board Franck Cammas' incredible new a
    105ft state of the art trimaran Groupama III and gives his impressions
    in a story just posted on thedailysail subscription website. Here are a
    few excerpts.)

    Standing with the massive concrete submarine silos behind us trying to
    keep our tongues in when we first see Cammas' new weapon, our first
    impression is that compared to Orange II the boat is more Ferrari than
    hot rod pantechnican. This is born out when we are told the weight - in
    Jules Verne Trophy trim (ie she is lighter now) the boat is expected to
    be just 18 tonnes, whereas the larger Orange 2 is around the 32 tonne

    mark. Aside from the way she floats evidence of the lengths the team has
    gone to to shed weight is that little fairing work above the water line
    has been carried out - the orientation of the laminate is clearly
    visible through the 28kg of paint used on her 700sqm of topside and
    deck.

    It has been discovered with these large multihulls, is freeboard,
    particularly at the bow. The main speed limitation of the first
    generation Ollier cats is when the forward cross beam starts to bury in
    waves. As a result on Orange II the freeboard at the bow was raised by
    0.8m to 3.3m allowing both better safety, but also for the crew to drive
    the boat harder in waves. This formula clearly works and is why Bruno
    Peyron's big cat now holds the big three records in sailing and many of
    her crew feel she has considerably more potential to show yet, with talk
    of not just 800 mile days but 830, 840 ones being possible
    ..and just
    when the monohull world thought they were catching up...

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  2. WestAust

    WestAust New Member

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    Wow:eek:
    I cant wait to see more of this!!!
  3. Yacht News

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    800nm? in a day ? at that speed you could probably cover the Atlantic in 3.5 days?
  4. Kevin

    Kevin YF Moderator

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    Orange II did it earlier this month in 4 days 8 hours 23 minutes 54 seconds, and that was after slowing down cause they hit a piece of ice (or something). Without the damage they estimated he could have made it in 3d20h.
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    oh, my...at this speed i think there might be a chance for passenger service crossings by trimaran. I mean if the modern Ocenliners like Queen Elizebeth 2 and Queen Mary 2 do the Atlantic route in about 5- 6 days running very close to 30knts, imagine if you could regulary cut that time frame in half with trimarans, it would probably run modern oceanliners out of business!
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    Groupama Sets New Transatlantic Record after Departing Newport, RI

    I figured this would be of interest to some of you fellow YachtForums members so enjoy!

    Groupama Sets Record
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