New era

In Sydney Thomas Coville discusses progress with his new 105ft tri singlehander and the future of the ORMA tris
The sailing world is going supernova in so many areas at the moment - Open 60s, TP 52s, Moths, etc etc - it is easy to overlook the new era of the unlimited singlehanded multihull. While Francis Joyon and Ellen MacArthur got the ball rolling with this new genre of boat, it is now in the process of being refined with the launch of the new giant Nigel Irens-Benoit Cabaret designed trimarans for Thomas Coville and Francis Joyon due next year. Both are expected to set off in the autumn of 2007 to make attempts on Ellen's non-stop solo round the world record. With the Route du Rhum done and dusted for his ORMA 60, Thomas Coville has been in Sydney this week to check out the construction of his new 105ft trimaran up at Peter and Sari Ullrich' Boatspeed yard. This yard have recently been responsible for building the movistar VO70, the maxi Bolsas well as Ellen's B&Q trimaran and are gaining a reputation for being the only southern hemisphere builder of maxi-multihulls. "I was a bit frustrated not seeing the boat for a year," jokes Coville. "We’ve been designing a lot with Nigel and Benoit Cabaret, but it’s been a bit like meeting someone on a website and you are going to discover who it is and what they look like… You get a photo, but you never know...!" All the major components of the new Sodebo trimaran are now complete with the exception of the curved aft beam for the main sheet track which will be finished in early January. "It has all been very well made," enthuses Coville. "It was pretty hard for us to make the decision to come here to build a new trimaran, but after the job they have done and with Ellen and