And another new Groupama

Following this year's launch of Groupama 2 so France's most talent trimaran skipper announces his latest project

Monday October 25th 2004, Author: James Boyd, Location: France
While this year has seen the launch of Franck Cammas' new ORMA trimaran Groupama 2, so his team have just announced preliminary details of Cammas' latest weapon - a new G-class trimaran.

Groupama 3 will be a design by Marc van Peteghem and Vincent Lauriot Prevost, as the first two Groupama 60s have been, aimed to be ready for Cammas' use following the 2006 Route du Rhum. The first major outing for the boat will be an attempt on the Jules Verne Trophy over the winter of 2006-7. This program for the new boat will last until 2010.

Initial plans show Groupama 3 to be a 32m (105ft) long trimaran with a 22.5m (74ft) beam and a 40m (131ft) mast height. The nearest comparible boat at present is Olivier de Kersauson's Geronimo, also a van Peteghem/Prevost design however the new boat is slightly shorter and widerer. Geronimo's has a length overall of 33.53m and a beam of 19.8m with a similar sized wingmast.

The size of the boat is odd as the present thinking is that G-class mutlihulls should be in the order of 120-125ft long, like PlayStation and Bruno Peyron's Orange II.

At present the Groupama team are keeping their cards closely to their chest. More will be revealed at a press conference in early December.

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