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Michel Desjoyeaux (with tablet PC) and his TJV co-skipper Hugues Destremau at the helm
 

Michel Desjoyeaux (with tablet PC) and his TJV co-skipper Hugues Destremau at the helm

Michel Desjoyeaux discusses his 60ft trimaran, problems with ORMA and his next Vendee Globe project
Michel Desjoyeaux, 60ft ORMA trimaran winner of the 2002 Route du Rhum and last year's The Transat is currently lying second in the Transat Jacques Vabre. Before the start of the TJV and the latest round of carnage in the ORMA fleet we spoke to Desjoyeaux about his multihull program sponsored by the French food chain, Géant, the ORMA class and his plan to compete in the next Vendee Globe. thedailysail: What changes have you made to Géant in the last year? Michel Desjoyeaux: Last winter we changed a lot of things. We changed the mast to save weight, by removing a lot of reinforcements which weren’t useful but also making a new forestay chainplate at the top of the mast - a lot of details, but 70kg saved. It [the old mast] was the second mast - it was very strong, we didn’t understand why the first one broke so we made it very fast and we wanted to make it strong enough not to have any problems any more. We made new foils with winglets at the end and we changed the bottom of the main hull to have a wider boat with less draft and more rounded at the back to make it more turnable, more easy to manoeuvrable, because before it was very difficult to tack in grand prix and it took a long time to start again. So we improved that a lot. We also removed all the paint and filler on the outside and maybe in that saved 100kg. So we saved weight everywhere we were able to, to lower the weight of the boat as much as possible. TDS: So is Géant the lightest of the ORMA 60s? MD: I am sure we are not the lightest, because the boat is very wide and

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