• Theme: Sailing

    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...

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    When you put Guillaume Verdier, a seasoned America’s Cup boat designer, and Jean-Pierre Dick, who is going to race his 5th Vendee Globe, on the same project, you end up with Easy to Fly, an intriguing foiler catamaran. Recommended for three crewmembers, this boat requires only 8 knots of wind to take off thanks to its...

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    Courtesy of Mortain Mavrikios Even though it’s one of the smallest, Scow FR 18 has been one of the most commented-upon boats of Grand Pavois 2016. This French take on a traditional American naval design, built by Construction Navale Franck Roy and designed by Mortain&Mavrikios, was worth more than a look. Its extended...

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    A bit less than a year ago, a New Zealand skipper based in France met a Finnish technology provider at the METS trade show in Amsterdam. A little more than a year later, this skipper will rely on this technology in the Vendee Globe 2016, the most difficult round-the-world race, while achieving an environmental...

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    Among the new innovations in a prototype of the Mini 6.50, Arkema 3 includes a new recyclable manufacturing resin to build the boat, a new rig where a soft wing replaces the conventional mainsail and retractable and tilting foils. Arkema 3 is a new contestant to follow closely during the next Classe Mini races. Let’s...

    Speed is of the essence for any competitive sailor, but keeping ahead of the pack in racing also means keeping up with the latest design developments, whether they affect the aesthetics of the boat for the better. This is also true for the Mini Transat 6.50 race, also known as Transat 650, a solo transatlantic yacht...

    Naval architect Sergio Cutolo of Hydro Tec takes stock of hydrofoils. NauticExpo e-Magazine: How do hydrofoil work ? Sergio Cutolo: How hydrofoils work is simple in theory: Basically, the hydrofoil consists of a wing-like structure mounted on struts below the hull. At low speeds the hull still glides through the...

    Tuesday, September 13, 2016, on the outskirts of Marseille, at Port Corbières, Voilavion was preparing its latest prototype (Class A). Our team, invited for a test run, geared up and gathered in the Zodiac that would pull the foiling boat from the port to the Frioul islands, confirming the foiler’s extremely...

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    This year’s Southampton Boat Show saw Key Yachting showcase two new models to the market, the Grand Soleil LC46 (Long Cruise) and the J/Boats J/112E, both nominated for the European yacht of the year award. The Long cruise range is a new development from Grand Soleil and has been designed for those wishing to discover...

    French sailor Alain Thébault, 54, nicknamed “the flying madman,” is co-creator of the Hydroptère. In 2008, this foiling multihull was the first sailboat to exceed 50 knots. The following year it set the World Sailing Speed Record Council nautical mile record, proving that “a boat that flies is capable of high speeds.”...