Mast stepped on giant triK2000, Olivier de Kersauson's brand new trimaran will have her first tentative outing under sail today in the Bay of Quiberon near the Brittany sailing spot of La Trinite-sur-Mer.
The 110ft trimaran, the first of the new generation of maxi-multihulls to be a trimaran, not a catamaran, was launched last Sunday at her builders, Chantier Multiplast in Vannes. For the next month the boat will remain under the ownership of the yard until they are satisified with the vessel's intricate carbon fibre structure, her engine and systems. Gilles Ollier, head of the Chantier Multiplast yard and Yann Penfornis, K2000's Project Manager will be taking turns on board to check everything over, before handing the boat over to her new owner.
K2000 will continue to sea trial over the next few days south of Belle Ile before sailing north to attend the Interceltic Festival in Lorient from 3-12 August. From there she will be moved to the Moulin Blanc marina in Brest, where de Kersauson has his office adjacent to the Restaurant Autour du Monde.
As the boat undergoes sea trials de Kersauson's team will continue training and the final crew selection process before they set out on their first record attempts.