Two new tris

James Boyd looks at the latest van Peteghem/Lauriot Prevost 60 footers - Sodebo and Geant
With the days and weeks ticking away before November's Route du Rhum, so the last of the new generation 60ft trimarans have been hitting the water over the last week. These are Benjamin de Rothschild's new Gitana X for Lionel Lemonchois, the first 60ft trimaran to have come from Gilles Ollier's yard and design team in almost 15 years (see tomorrow's feature) and the two new Marc van Peteghem/Vincent Lauriot Prevost designs - the Geant of Michel Desjoyeaux, and the latest of the three, the new Sodebo for Thomas Coville. Sodebo At the weekend Thomas Coville's new Sodebotook the plunge. Coville is one of the most well-rounded racing sailors in France having taken part in events as diverse as the Mini-Transat and the Figaro to the America's Cup via a few seasons on skiffs in Sydney Harbour. He was also part of Olivier de Kersauson's team that broke the Jules Verne Trophy record and most recently he has sailed parts of the Volvo Ocean Race on Knut Frostad's djuice. He also took part in the last Vendee Globe on an Open 60 sponsored by the Vendee-based frozen pizza manufacturer, Sodebo. The new Sodebo is another design from leading duo Marc van Peteghem and Vincent Lauriot Prevost, who were responsible for other tris such as Alain Gautier's Foncia I and II, Franck Cammas' Groupama and Jean-Luc Nelias' Belgacom. But unlike most of the other boats in this class which have been cobbled together using female moulds from other trimarans, most of the new Sodebo is indeed new. The exception are her floats which come from Belgacom's moulds and her mast which is the same as Groupama's, but her main hull and X-formation crossbeams are new and unique to her. "It's a question of platform geometry," says Lauriot Prevost. "The main hull on Sodebo