New Groupama unveiled


In build at CDK
 

In build at CDK

Despite winning most of the events this year, Franck Cammas has an even faster boat nearing completion
Franck Cammas may be leading the Transat Jacques Vabre's 60ft trimaran division at present, but this isn't preventing the amazing 30 year old from having a replacement for his current steed built. Cammas is one of the most exceptional individuals in yacht racing. Winning the prestigeous Solitaire du Figaro at the tender of age of 24 was his ticket through to the 60ft trimaran circuit. The year after his Figaro win with the help of his insurance company sponsor Groupama he cobbled together a new van Peteghem-Prevost design using other project's moulds. It took two years before his first significant win - the ultra-quick fully crewed Quebec to St Malo in which the weather conditions were such that several of the 60ft tris broke the 600 miles in 24 hours barrier. He won the Transat Jacques Vabre in 2001 and since the departure of Loick Peyron (another child prodigy in the multihull class) has been the dominant force on this highly competitive circuit. Over six seasons he has scored 25 podium positions and nines victories in 29 races, winning the ORMA annual circuit in 2000 and 2001. This year he was won all the events in the ORMA circuit, both inshore and offshore, with the exception of the Cagliari Grand Prix where Groupama finished second to Sergio Tacchini. "When Groupama gave us the green light to build a new trimaran in 1997, we had almost zero experience and a limited budget to make studies," says Cammas. "Therefore we built a boat that was simple to develop and reliable." Like most of the 60ft trimarans, Groupama 1 evolved over her career with intensive work in the boatyard, changing masts, floats, foils, appendages, etc. Currently all that remains of the original boat is her main hull and beams. "Thanks to the constant support

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