What to do with the 60ft tris?


 
Much head scratching has been taking place in Paris following the carnage in the Route du Rhum
Three finishers out of 18 starters in the recent Route du Rhum is a far from impressive record even for such a development class as progressive as the ORMA 60ft trimarans. In scenes reminiscent of those that occurred during the Open 60 monohull class crisis four years ago after the spate of boats capsizing and remaining that way, there is currently heated debate going on in France over what should done to regulate the trimaran fleet. Opinions vary from nothing at all to banning them from singlehanding. And who should be making the decisions? ORMA, the class association? The designers? The skippers? Or maybe the insurance company who have taken the financial hit from November's carnage. Pos Boat name Skipper Condition ABD TechnoMarine Steve Ravussin Capsized 3 Banque Populaire Lalou Roucayrol Finished 1 Géant Michel Desjoyeaux Finished 2 Biscuits La Trinitaine - Ethypharm Marc Guillemot Finished ABD Bonduelle Jean Le Cam Beam damage ABD Banque Covefi Bertrand de Broc Skipper gives up solo sailing ABD Sergio Tacchini Karine Fauconnier Weather float broke - boat dismasted ABD Sopra Group Philippe Monnet Capsized - severe conditions ABD Bayer CropSciences Frederic Le Peutrec Preserving boat ABD Belgacom Jean-Luc Nélias Deck gear failure ABD Fujifilm Loick Peyron Weather float broke - boat dismasted ABD Groupama Franck Cammas Capsized - moderate conditions ABD Rexona Men Yvan Bourgnon Capsized - severe conditions ABD Sodebo Thomas Coville Structural problems with beam and float ABD TIM Giovanni Soldini Structural problems ABD Gitana X Lionel Lemonchois Top mast broken ABD Eure&Loir-Lorénove Francis Joyon Capsized - moderate conditions ABD Foncia Alain Gautier Structural problems with aft beam To summarise - of the 15 boats, four capsized, the Irens designs Fujifilm and Sergio Tacchini broke their floats and the third, er, decided to stay in port, four boats suffered beam delamination and the rest pulled out with gear of varying degrees of magnitude. One skipper got scared and decided he'd had enough. The minor gear breakages can be explained away as being inherent and expected when racing new and highly complex boats across an ocean. The capsize issue is once again being discussed, but there seem to be precious few new arguments. Loick Peyron, skipper of Fujifilm told The Daily Sail why. "Capsizing is normal if

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