ORMA 60 recycling

Mark Lloyd / www.lloydimages.com
Lionel Lemonchois and VPLP's Quentin Lucet tell us about the transformation of the Sodebo ORMA 60 into the Prince de Bretagne 80
Prince de Bretagne, or to be specific the Northern Brittany-based co-operative behind the vegetable brand, has significantly upped the ante with its sailing sponsorship. Having campaigned a Multi50 to victory in the 2010 Route du Rhum, it has since funded a new 80ft trimaran for its race winning skipper Lionel Lemonchois. This was launched in the spring. In addition, due to the Prince de Bretagne trimaran being an unusual size without much by way of completion, the co-operative set up its own race around the European coastline - the Route des Princes - in which their new steed could race. Their Irens-Cabaret designed Princes de Bretagne Multi 50 was recently sold to Gilles Lamire and competed as Rennes - Saint-Malo Agglomeration in the Route des Princes, which was also the first competitive outing for the new 80. When we say ‘new’, in fact this isn’t strictly accurate. The latest Prince de Bretagne is based on an existing ORMA 60, Thomas Coville’s 2002 generation VPLP design Sodebo. This has been recycled and lengthened in a similar fashion to the way Gitana 11 was (more about this here), when she was extended to 77ft and campaigned by the Baron de Rothschild’s then skipper, Yann Guichard, in the 2010 Route du Rhum. However with Prince de Bretagne, the ORMA 60 recycling has been a little more extreme. Whereas Gitana 11 was merely lengthened, in creating the new Prince de Bretagne, the former Sodebo platform was broken up into its component parts – three hulls, two crossbeams and a semi-circular beam for the main sheet track. Unlike Gitana 11, the three hulls were discarded in their entirety and replaced with new ones, however almost all the rest of the boat has been reused. Most significantly this includes the twin crossbeams and the mainsheet beam, plus the numerous