• Celia Sampol

    Journalist for 12 years in Paris, Brussels and Washington, Celia Sampol is now the editor-in-chief of NauticExpo e-magazine.

    In late January, SEAir’s Mini 747 made its first outing with enough wind to fly completely above the waves, reaching 15 knots in only 8 knots of wind. According to the French start-up, it was a “unique performance” and “the first time in the world a racing monohull was able to achieve stable, balanced flight using...

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    The French naval architecture firm VPLP is one of the world’s most highly regarded in offshore racing. Their latest triumph—designing the foiling monohull sailed to victory by Armel Le Cléac’h in the latest Vendée Globe. We spoke to VPLP co-founder Marc Van Peteghem about foils, Sea Bubbles and the company’s upcoming...

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    Here’s a tip to help reduce the environmental impact of routine boat maintenance. BLU, a two-component filler manufactured by the Italian firm Ilpa Adesivi, is an eco-friendly, styrene-free putty. Company literature indicates that volatile organics content respects European directive maximums. The product contains no...

    Is it possible to manufacture wetsuits without using neoprene? This petrochemical-derived synthetic rubber has been the main component of surf and dive wetsuits since the early 1950s. But the energy-intensive manufacturing process makes it very environmentally damaging. Patagonia decided to take up the challenge,...

    Meet the new NV Apollon 6R Special BL. This luxurious hydraulic gangway doubles as a swim ladder, with custom details available to match your yacht’s aesthetics. Entirely made by hand, it combines innovative design, multiple functions and first-rate manufacturing quality using mirror-finish stainless steel. In gangway...

    Young French engineer Corentin de Chatelperron had a dream. A dream that came true in Bangladesh, where he built Tara Tari, a sailboat made using local jute fiber. His goal was to demonstrate that natural materials found around the world could replace fiberglass. During the voyage back to France, the jute held...

    The Bamboo Boat is the new foiler conceived by a team of seven young French people and whose structure is entirely of bamboo. The goal? Prove that it’s possible to construct a “flying boat” at reduced cost and using environmentally sensitive materials. We talked to naval architect Guillaume Dupont, initiator of the...