Mad voyage


 
We speak to Yves Parlier about the beating he took crossing the Atlantic in his new catamaran
There has been no shortage of war stories from The Transat: the dismasted monohulls, the keel breakage on Bernard Stamm's Open 60. Ironically statistics from this race give the impression that 60ft multihulls are more reliable and seaworthy vessels than Open 60s. One of the most incredible tales from the race was that of Yves Parlier's seaplane-hulled, twin wingmasted Region Mediatis Aquitaine catamaran. Parlier sailed his new catamaran in the race despite knowing beforehand that it was going to be an unpleasant ride ( click here to read about her pre-race sea trials). In the event on his arrival in Boston at the end of the race the French sailing legend, said that the ordeal had in many ways been harder than his experience in the last Vendee. So do you regret doing the race, Yves Parlier? "No, no - it is a good thing. Every 60 footer I have my first race is this one." Previously Parlier has sailed two Open 60s in the race the wrong way across the Atlantic - Cacolac d'Aquitaine in which he set the monohull course record in 1992 (which stood until broken by Mike Golding this year) and subsequently the radical wingmasted Aquitaine Innovations four years later. "The history of this race, is that every guy builds a boat for this race and tests it for the first time. This was the first Atlantic race and sometimes I think about the guys in 1976 when they had five lows and when Eric Tabarly wins and all the old tris and cats break. And I say 'it doesn’t matter', you must be very happy: you have a pilot, you have your boat, you have your mast and when I heard about the boats that had broken their masts and their keels, I said - keep your

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