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Multicoques Mag 134 02/03.14 Mysplice

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Multicoques Mag 134 02/03.14 Mysplice

  1. 1. 18-23 ECHO_MM163-US_echo 15/01/14 09:52 Page22 NEWS FROM THE PONTOONS UP Objective North Pole You know that at the magazine, we have our ‘favourites’, those slightly crazy adventurers who command our respect with their extraordinary expeditions. Sébastien Roubinet is one of them, and he has just escaped in the nick of time from his latest adventure: ‘The Route to the Pole’, about which he has just written a book – warmly recommended. During the summers of 2011 and 2013, Sébastien Roubinet tried twice to cross the Arctic Ocean via the North Pole, aboard a hybrid between an ice yacht and a sport cat, the boats ‘Ti-Babouche’, then ‘Babouchka’. This book retraces these two extreme adventures, successively with Rodolphe André, then Vincent Berthet. An essential book, to understand that even in the 21st century, adventurersailors still exist, but also a good way of escaping a little to an icy world of a fabulous wild beauty, populated by aggressive polar bears. The book can be ordered on the expedition’s web site, at the price of 20 euros. Discover it on: www.sebroubinet.eu Flexible wing; it’s already tomorrow Swim like a dolphin MySplice C&Sea is continuing to grow (30% of its sales are for export) by launching an on-line ordering service, called MySplice. In concrete terms, all you have to do is visit the web site to order made to measure ropes... Simple and effective! See it on: cnsea.fr/mysplice Atlantic Odyssey The first edition of the Atlantic Odyssey, organised by Jimmy Cornell, the creator of the ARC rally, went off perfectly, with the arrival of the participating boats in Martinique last December. For 2014, the programme promises to be full, with the European Odyssey, which will leave from Hamburg in July, and the Blue Planet Odyssey, which will leave from London in July 2014 to sail round the world.... For more information: www.atlanticodyssey.org DOWN After seeing the incredible potential of the AC 72s during the last America’s Cup, we have all dreamed of equipping our favourite boats with a rigid wing. Except that the rigid wing, by definition, doesn’t allow you to reduce or furl the sail, and is complicated to use. Hence the idea of this flexible wing, developed by SoftWing, in Switzerland. The designers’ idea is to offer the aerorig’s ease of use, with the rigid wing’s performance... This sail will allow sailing at less than 20 degrees to the wind, whilst it can be reefed, easily positioned in ‘neutral’ without flogging, and allows very easy tacking. In short, a panacea. The system’s inventor is none other than Hugues de Turckheim, a windsurfing guru in the 80s/90s. An intelligent system which we will be testing soon, as the first T29 trimaran is equipped with this new-generation sail. See it on www.soft-wing.ch, and the video on http://youtu.be/xSKgL7Xv81I Eric Vergnes-Blanquerest is an experienced free diver who likes swimming with dolphins. To experience these moments even more intensely, he has invented a towed underwater board which allows him to be towed along underwater by a sailing boat (for example) at speeds of between 2 and 12 knots. The result seems to be impressive, and the feeling should be really unique, as you literally have the impression of flying under the water. You will discover a new universe which thus opens up to you! The movements under the water don’t require a lot of free diving experience, as the efforts are gentle and progressive. You will thus be able to cover long distances easily, moving like a cetacean, to experience some unforgettable moments, perfectly in tune with nature. The Dolphy Wing (the name of this board) should be aboard all blue water catamarans... From 229 euros, inc.VAT Discover it on: www.dolphywing.com Decorated spinnakers The spinnaker is a sail you must have aboard... Practical, powerful, it is also the sail which will really get you noticed in a fleet. Especially if you use the new technology from Spinnaker One, which allows printing directly onto a spinnaker. The result is amazing, and allows perfect results to be obtained with a photo or any complex decoration. With a sail like this, you don’t need to win the race to get yourself noticed!!! The cost of decorating a 57m2 spinnaker (symmetric or asymmetric) is 1600 euros (to which must be added the price of the white sail – 1100 euros). Discover it on: www.spinnaker-one.com 22 Ultim collective You will see in these pages that three of the ‘historic’ ocean racing sponsors have just organised themselves as a collective, to launch their skippers singlehanded around the world, on multihulls over 80' long. Although the idea may appear attractive at first glance, it would be a good idea to ask the people concerned (the skippers), who were a bit too absent from the presentation, what they think of it. The MOD 70 transatlantic race cancelled The second edition of the Krys Ocean Race, which was to be held in May, between New York and Brest in fully-crewed MOD 70s has been put off until 2016... On the other hand, the next edition should be open to other multihull classes (Multi50 – MOD 70 and Ultimate).

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