MOD70 comes together
Stève Ravussin and Roland Jourdain were today in Lorient, at Keroman Technologies (CDK) shipyard, to unveil the last phase of the construction of their new MOD70 trimarans. Michel Desjoyeaux, skipper of the third Foncia, paid a last minute visit too.
Stève Ravussin’s MOD70 Race for Water has entered the final completion phase (fittings, electronics,…) with her christening due to take place on 25 March including a unique launching party which will include an exceptional 4D show open to the public, at the Cité de la Voile Eric Tabarly in Lorient. Meanwhile the second MOD 70 Veolia Environnement is entering the assembly phase with a scheduled launch on 2 June.
The first of the VPLP-designed MOD 70 series, Race for Water, while still not fully branded, will bear the colours of the Multi One Attitude Foundation.
“This is the result of a long process” says Stève Ravussin, Race for Water skipper and one of the initiator of the MOD70 series. “To respect the strict one-design concept and to guarantee performance and reliability, we had to implement a number of quality controls. It was a huge job, but we managed to achieve it. I believe we have a splendid project that is becoming reality. As a matter of interest, thanks to the implementation of the control procedures, we have already built four sets of floats, with a maximum of 4 kg difference between them despite being more than 22m long.”
The Swiss former ORMA 60 skipper adds: “Creating a whole one-design series makes it difficult to realise that it is also “my” boat that will leave the shipyard! It is really a different feeling than working on a personal project. I am really happy, I do not realise it yet, but this will be fantastic.”
The first boat of the MOD70 series will be skippered by Ravussin, who will be the ambassador of the Multi One Attitude Foundation, a foundation created alongside the MOD70 circuit, whose objective is water preservation. Central meeting point of the race village, the foundation pavilion will be part of the circuit in the stopover cities, in order to make the public aware of water issues and ocean preservation.
Assembly of the MOD 70 No. 2, which will bear the colours of Roland Jourdain's sponsor Veolia Environnement, has now started at CDK Keroman Technologies. So, it is with curiosity and eagerness that her skipper was also present this morning in Lorient waiting as his own boat takes shape over the coming months.
“Seeing today the lines of this beautiful bird ready assembled for her release from the shipyard gives tangible form to this new circuit in which I am proud today to participate," said Jourdain. "Multi One Design has taken the courageous option of a one design to enable economies of scale in financial terms and the environmental impact. The result today is a responsible concept, very new millennium, and which I wholeheartedly support, because there can be no greater spectacle than competitive equality on the start line. I am now eager to take part in this bird’s first flight on the water and to see the second in the series in Veolia Environnement colours. The boats are undeniably the same but this time, it will be ours.”
Double Vendee Globe winner Michel Desjoyeaux was also at the shipyard today to see the progress of his future competitors' boats. “I have not planned to be here today… But at the end I am happy to be able to start earlier with the MOD70 programme. I am so much looking forward to start sailing the boat at the end of August!”
The launch of MOD70 will take place on Monday 21 March at 08.30 after a stop at the Ocean Development shipyard for the fittings and the last technical stop. The launch will be done in the presence of several Lorient school classes which will symbolically represent the future generations and the willingness to increase the public awareness on water preservation issues.
The real launch of the first MOD70 will take place on Friday 25 March 2011.