Posts Tagged ‘Sodebo’
With 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.
Don’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
When Francis Joyon took nearly two weeks off the solo RTW record in 2008, we figured it would be a long, long time before anyone became king of that particularly mountain. Today, a new king will be crowned in what should go down as the most impressive feat of the year. Thomas Coville is set to take more than a week off of Joyon’s still incredible mark when he arrives in Brest in a couple of hours, achieving a time that would beat even the crewed records until just a few years ago. It’s interesting to note that fewer people have sailed around the world alone, nonstop in a trimaran than have walked on the moon – just Ellen Macarthur, Francis Joyon, and Coville, and each of them now have owned that all-important trophy.
Coville, along with his sponsor – convenience-store-sandwich-maker Sodebo – deserve massive accolades, and not just for the second-most important ocean sailing record in the world: Their perseverence and tenacity has been nothing short of incredible! This is Thomas’ 6th attempt at the same record, and to come back and do it again after just the sheer heartbreak of missing it by just hours in 2014 – that’s the stuff of legends.
If you’re in the area to welcome in this soldier of the sea, be sure to check out the #ABrestPourThomas hashtag for the latest info for spectators. If you want to understand what it means to the French to have such ownership of the most important records in the sport, watch this video of a French naval pilot talking to Thomas a couple of hours ago.
December 25th, 2016 by admin
Curating the internet’s best sailing videos for you, here’s another SA video edition.
While Thomas Coville’s crewed endeavors over the past couple of years (Groupama 70, Banque Populaire V) have been damned impressive, he spent the past few years losing to Francis Joyon in the world’s big solo records with a near sistership to Joyon’s IDEC. The big Irens trimarans are narrow and light and designed for solo sailing, and clearly, Coville’s Sodebo just wasn’t getting it done. So he picked up the bigger, wider, and much older Geronimo for a song, brought it to Multiplast for a mega-refit, and just relaunched in time for some serious pre-Route Du Rhum prep and record-breaking. Looking goddamned good.
In other big French multihull Route Du Rhum news, Team Edmund de Rothschild relaunched their MOD 70 the other day for Seb Josse, but it’s no longer a MOD 70; instead, it’s a turbo MOD. A lighter motor/generator, lighter interior, larger canopy (Seb will live outside the cabin during the RdR), and most importantly, a set of Verdier/Koch-designed T-foil rudders. Will Seb stand a chance against the super-trimarans? If anyone can, it’ll be Josse. More info here.
Britain’s Next Top Model
Artemis Offshore Academy’s Sam Goodchild continues his climb into shorthanded stardom, albeit it slowly. The young Brit continues his Figaro ways this year as he continues to hunt for Vendee Globe money, and here’s an intense clip showing what it’s like to sail in gusts to 60 knots. You think you know 60? Take a look and compare Sam and Sandy’s delivery to your biggest day. Click the video to get to it.
Blu, You’re My Boy!
With Flavio Favini on the sideline after his horrendous accident earlier in the year, Franco Rossini’s Blu Moon continued her winning ways with Matteo Ivaldi helping the Moonies to European Championship glory last week. Here’s a video from midway through the week that showcases just how gorgeous Hungary’s Lake Baloton can be, with thanks to Janna Buriani for the shooting and editing. Title shout is all about Old School, yo.
Can’t Teach Old Dogs New Tricks
It’s amazing how quickly the once-amazing AC45s have descended into obsolescence; too flexy to make a good foiling platform and slower than pretty much all the foilers, Oracle Team USAustralia and Team Australia continue to practice in Sydney despite the irrelevance of their platform to the new AC62 class. That being said, this video shows off the lighter, more easygoing side to OTUSAUS resulting from Tom Slingsby taking a much bigger role aboard as Sailing Team Director. It also shows off a more American side to the team; Rome Kirby, Andrew Campbell, and now Matty Cassidy joined with half-citizens Slingers and Spithill bring the total yank factor up to 4, and with a very American design team, OTUSAUS is almost, dare we say it, an American team! Good fun from the Oracle media boys.
Just When You Thought It Was Safe
Your $200k RIB seems like it can take anything you throw at it, but can it? These guys found out the answer.
One Man’s Trash Is Another Man’s Island
You’ve all heard about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch? Well, how about Richard Sowa’s recycled bottle island? We like.
May 15th, 2014 by admin
A badly injured calf has turned Thomas Coville back from his singlehanded Discovery Route record attempt; it happened when the mainsheet car trapped his leg on a tack, and the edema that resulted has only been getting worse.
Bummer for the VOR winning singlehander, he just can’t seem to catch a break. Thomas writes, “I’ve thought that it would heal itself but the situation has quickly deteriorated. My ankle has swollen up a lot and now I have problems moving around the boat, putting myself and the boat at risk. The doctors fear that it’s getting worse and foresee consequences for my long term recovery. As I’m not far from the Azores it would be a wise decision to change my course. It’s a shame because I felt really good on this boat with her new modifications. Catch up here.
UPDATE (thanks to Chris O): Coville was met in the Azores by his Sodeb’O team, his wife and local doctors. He’s flying back to France after a checkup at the hospital and the team has already left for France on the big trimaran. Now, it’s just a recovery process to see if he can get healed in time for a standby period in advance of his scheduled RTW attempt later in the Fall. Staying in shape could be interesting.
February 7th, 2013 by admin