I did it my way


In part two of this series James Boyd looks at design development in the 60ft trimaran fleet
Above: Marc van Peteghem (left) and Vincent Lauriot Prevost (right) The designers Firstly we'd like to introduce the lucky gentlemen who get to design 60ft trimarans: Vincent Lauriot Prevost and Marc van Peteghem: This design duo are the most profilic in the class at present. They designed the two winners of the recent Transat Jacques Vabre, Groupama and Foncia (both older boats), and their more recent boats have been Jean le Cam's Bonduelle, her sistership, Giovanni Soldini's Fila and the most recent to be launched - Jean-Luc Nelias's Belgacom. On the stocks at the moment they have the new Sodebo for Vendee Globe competitor Thomas Coville, a new Foncia for Alain Gautier and last but by no means least, Geant for Michel Desjoyeaux, talented winner of the Vendee Globe. Nigel Irens : the British designer, who now lives in the multihull mecca of La Trinite-sur-Mer in Brittany, has designed more 60ft trimarans than anyone and over a longer period of time. Irens was mainly responsible for the shape of the 60ft trimaran, an evolution that began with Tony Bullimore's Apricot in the mid-1980s and was fully forged in what to date has been far his most successful boat - Loick Peyron's Fujicolor(currently Bertrand de Broc's Banque Coveti). This year have seen two new Irens designs launched: the long awaited new Fujifilm for Loick Peyron (see below) and her sistership, Karine Fauconnier's Sergio Tacchini. Irens is currently working on a trimaran sponsored by Bayer for former Club Med crewman and Olympic Tornado sailor Fred le Peutrec. Marc Lombard : has been designing racing multihulls since the 1980s, but has been less prolific than the others. Launched this year was his new Banque Populaire for Lalou Roucayrol (a replacement for the brand new Banque Populaire of 2000 which was lost on her first major outing in

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