Thursday, March 12, 2015

SAFRAN THE FIRST NEW GENERATION IMOCA (OPEN 60)

Beating the new Banque Populaire, the new Safran is on the water. Morgan Lagraviere will be the skipper, coached by the old Safran skipper Marc Guillemot. The boat was designed by Vincent Lauriot Prévost (VPLP) and Guillaume Verdier. It has foils, it is beamier then the previous boat, the CG (mast and keel) was moved back to lighten the forward section and the bow is larger and more rounded increasing also the buoyancy on the forward section of the boat. All this will make it easier to lift the bow that probably will be very important to increase foil's efficiency.
Waiting for the first sailing movies, these two give a good view of the boat that is a beauty:

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