Latest IMOCA 60 hardware part 2


We continue our look at Virbac Paprec 3 and PRB
Read part one of this article here Jean-Pierre Dick’s new new IMOCA 60 Virbac Paprec 3 was once again created by a team including the designers, Dick himself, sail maker Laurent Delage and CFD/engineers such as BMW Oracle Racing’s Mick Kermerec. Technical Director, who managed the project was once again Nicolas Abiven. Abiven points out that structurally their new boat is a big step on from the Safran and Groupe Bel generation but reckons Virbac Paprec 3’s underwater profile is similar to that of Foncia. The boat was built at Cooksons in female moulds using low temperature curing prepreg with a lot more focus on weight saving than on their previous boats. “Basically we kept the same number of hours for the building, so we just removed some hours from the fairing and put it into the mould building,” recalls Abiven of why Cookson built using female tooling. Abiven confirms that the new boat is substantially lighter than the previous two Virpac Paprecs, which have both been Farr designs. As to the input skipper Jean-Pierre Dick had, Abiven says that it was his preference to go with the lightweight fixed rig and also the design of the cabintop. For here there is another significant difference between the new VPLP-Verdiers: Virbac Paprec 3 has twin doghouses with lines running above deck in between – an arrangement that we first saw on the last generation Finot-designed Hugo Boss (and on the latest Hugo Boss). In comparison, Foncia once again has a giant sliding hatch, pretty much enclosing all the working area of the cockpit, while PRB has a fixed single cabintop but with a cuddy on each side with a forward-facing window. “The specification was to make something really light,” says Nicolas Abiven for the reasoning behind the cabin top choice for Virbac Paprec 3. “We

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