Groupama 4 leaves Multiplast

First glimpse of Franck Cammas' latest green weapon

Saturday April 30th 2011, Author: James Boyd, Location: France

After almost 11 months in build, Groupama 4, Franck Cammas’ Volvo Open 70 for the Volvo Ocean Race, has been delivered to the Groupama Sailing Team base.

After more than 40,000 man hours work for the 30 boat builders involved with the construction of the new boat, at 06:30 on Saturday morning, the VO70 left Multiplast in Vannes bound for the base of the team's base in Lorient. Since December, the teams of Olivier Pavia and Fred Ehanno have been taking shifts six days per week to finish the first French Volvo Open 70 ever constructed.

Jean-Baptiste Mouton, in charge of the build at Multiplast commented: “The last weeks have of course been very intense, however, to have achieved last weekend’s rule measurement with no problems, precise to the milimetre, has been a good recognition of the yards know-how “.

Pierre Tissier, in charge of the build for the Groupama Team added: “We have worked with Multiplast for several years, we know each other really well and communicate transparently, which is essential in building a reliable performance boat”.

Now the technical teams still have to attach the appendages (keel, daggerboard, rudders), the rig (mast, boom), and the electronics. This will be done in collaboration with the sailing team, before the launch planned in the second week of May.

Groupama 4: specifications
Length: 21.50 m
Beam: 5.70 m
Draft: 4.50 m
Weight: 14 tonnes
Keel: canting keel
Materials: carbon honeycomb sandwich
Sail area upwind: 315 m²
Sail area downwind: 675 m²

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