Le Blevec goes multihull

Mini Transat winner investigating a 50ft multihull

Thursday April 3rd 2008, Author: James Boyd, Location: United Kingdom
After a seven year partnership culminating in his victory in last autumn's singlehanded Transat 6.50 Charente Maritime-Bahia, Group Actual and their skipper Yves le Blevec are embarquing on a new project for a 50ft multihull, the objective being the Route du Rhum 2010. The first part of the study into this project will be made during June 2008 when le Blevec will compete in the Quebec-Saint-Malo aboard the 50ft trimaran Crêpes Whaou.

In the absense of the ORMA 60 trimarans, the 50ft multis represent a high level, are still internationally renowned, but most importantly for le Blevec they will allow him and his designers to innovate and make technological developments, for this is an area in which the skipper excels. He has proved this already as a boat captain of Bruno Peyron's Orange 1 and 2 maxi-cats, as well as aboard his Mini.

The preliminary phase of this new three year project is underway with discussions with designers and boat yards, culminating in a decision being made in June.

"Several things interest me in this," comments le Blevec. "The Route du Rhum is a dream for me, it represents so much to me and has so much history. I remember the first race... Among the boats with affordable budgets I am naturally drawn to the 50ft multihull. There are small teams behind these projects. What fascinates me is to design a one-off from start to finish: the design, followed by the construction, development, navigation...I want to do it all.

"I have started contacting possible designers: Benoît Cabaret and Nigel Irens, Vincent Lauriot-Prévost and Marc Van Peteghem, Guillaume Verdier. We started discussions to identify their feelings and motivation for the project. After this we will work to arrange construction of the vessel. We have three months to make these choices, define the schedule and budget, with the aim of racingin the 2009 season. Before that, I will be at the start of the Transat Québec-Saint-Malo on board the 50ft trimaran Crêpes Whaou with Franck-Yves Escoffier.

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