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Screen Shot 2017-02-03 at 2.44.48 PMWith their all-titanium keel (which fell off), the best-looking paint jobs on the water, and lots of other interesting tech during their Open 60 campaigns, French satellite, submarine, and wargame maufacturer Safran may have spiced up the IMOCA world for the past decade, but failures have apparently stacked up too quickly for the millions they’ve spent on boats that can’t blow anything up.  Course Au Large reports (via Google Trans) that “After twelve years of involvement on the IMOCA Ocean Masters circuit, three Vendée Globe and numerous podiums, the construction of two boats alongside Marc Guillemot and then Morgan Lagravière, Safran decided to withdraw from the nautical sponsorship in June 2017.”

We’re not sure what happens now to Guillemot and LaGraviere, but as you’re about to learn, while new drives may be hard to find, there should be plenty of work ahead for anyone who knows how to prep a RTW raceboat.  Photo from Safran media.

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Screen Shot 2017-02-03 at 2.45.27 PMDon’t take Safran’s departure as a sign that the French market is falling apart – au contraire!  How about Thomas Coville, fresh off his beastly crushing of the solo RTW record and he’s aleady about to embark on the most ambitious design/build/race projects of his life.  In an interview with Le Telegramme, Coville says on his new 32-meter trimaran that “we decided to consult Vincent Lauriot-Prévost on part of the boat but we will also involve other architects. We started on the idea of ​​a design team rather than buying bundles of plans from a single architect. There will be people like Martin Fisher (currently at Groupama Team France) and Renaud Banuls. It will be a team that will design the boat. So, it will necessarily be different from a boat bought in an architectural firm. I find it very interesting to work like this today. For now, we have not decided where it will be built.”

Coville is selling the record-breaking Sodebo for a cool 5 million euro, while he says the new one will cost twice that.  Read the full interview here. Infographic from Sodebo Facebook.


February 3rd, 2017 by admin

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Screen Shot 2015-10-26 at 8.27.23 PMIt seems every TJV starts off with a nasty gale in Biscay, and the 2015 edition is no exception, with today’s biggest news being the flipping of the Ultime class trimaran Prince De Bretagne.  If two of the most skilled multihull skippers in the world weren’t up to the task of keeping one of the least extreme of the Ultime trimarans on her feet in the North Atlantic, how the hell is a fleet of solo sailors going to get around the world?  Lemonchois and Bilou are in the inverted boat safe as their shore team decides how best to effect a recovery, and at 120 miles off La Coruna, Spain, there’s some time.  More here.

The first foiler in the IMOCA fleet is also out, with Seb Josse and Charlie Caudrelier headed for port to repair unspecified damage aboard Rothschild rather than try a fix when they’re balls deep in the shit.  The Dali-foiled Safran’s headed home too, while Jeremie Beyou’s Maitre Coq headed in to Roscoff to try to repair a busted headstay, abandoning shortly thereafter.

The Class 40 Concise is on her way to port as well, with the rest of the Class 40 fleet headed into the suck shortly.  Expect a busy night for press releases and loved ones, and our best wishes to all the skippers out there.  Stay tuned to the latest in the TJV thread in Ocean Racing Anarchy.


October 26th, 2015 by admin

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Screen Shot 2015-05-21 at 10.20.50 AM The world’s first outward-facing J/foil made its debut last week, and Morgan Lagraviere seems to have the Open 60 Safran going pretty well.  This little shot is a screen grab from the video here of the shakedown cruise, and be sure to check out the 2016 Vendee Globe thread to keep up with the very latest news.  For a bonus foiling story, check the Google Trans of a very comprehensive Voiles et Voiliers interview with Gitana’s Seb Josse here.


May 21st, 2015 by admin

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Did anyone expect the first bluewater foiler to be a monohull? We sure didn’t, but Morgan Legraviere’s new Open 60 Safran looks ready for takeoff.  Sick work from the dominant duo of Verdier and VPLP, and you can hit the “New IMOCA” thread for video and more pics.  Oh – and you’ll like what Verdier calls them; ‘Dali Moustache’ foils.  We’re a little confused though; When did dropping hundreds of balloons into the sea become ok? Biodegradable or not, seems like a bit of a dick move.

March 8th, 2015 by admin

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Our old friend and Polish sailing superstar Gutek set off yesterday just a few seconds behind Marc Guillemot to see who can set the IMOCA transatlantic record.

Gutek’s Energa is possibly the most powerful Open 60 that will ever be built while Safran is a much more agile instrument.  For a great profile on Gutek check out this link; Gutek’s tracker doesn’t work so well, but Safran’s ahead – track him here.

Big thanks to Bjoern Kils, New York Media Boat for being our eyes on the Big Apple.

Hit him up if you need any commercial or sporting work done in the NY area.


June 28th, 2013 by admin