New 50ft trimaran launched

Herve Cléris' unveils his Irens-Cabaret penned, Légumes Prince de Bretagne

Tuesday September 22nd 2009, Author: James Boyd, Location: United Kingdom
Another of the three new 50ft trimarans destined to compete in this year's Transat Jacques Vabre has been launched.

Herve Cléris' Légumes Prince de Bretagne is a design by Nigel Irens and Benoit Cabaret and was unveiled in Lorient on 8 September after a seven month build at Marsaudon Composites in Lorient.

" Prince de Bretagne is splendid," commented Cléris, who professionally is a dentist from Brest. "I am a happy man and I thank the guys from the chantier who completed this superb work."

“It is an great adventure which starts,” said Emmanuel Descloux, Marketing Director of Prince de Bretagne, a market leader in fruit and vegetables, adding: “And the 2500 producers of Prince de Bretagne will follow her closely with much pride. Despite a difficult economic situation, Prince de Bretagne will be a superb billboard for the whole of the Breton fruit and vegetable market.”

The concept of Légumes Prince de Bretagne is one of simplicity, Cléris following the example of Francis Joyon and his IDEC trimarans. Design-wise the main area of development is her foil package, which has a catamaran configuration - rudders and daggerboards in the floats and none in her main hull.

“Herve asked us to draw him a boat to race offshore,” explains Benoît Cabaret. “We did not do anything revolutionary - this configurations already exist on others boats, but they are not so typical for a trimaran.

"On paper, it must be faster, even if, with two daggerboards, manoeuvres like tacking, are a little more complicated," continued Cabaret.

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