PHOTO Comanche, finally sailing the 100-footer born to win it all!


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comancheWe showed you the photos of infusion operations (the most impressive in history, in America), those of the launching, e now we can finally see the new Hodgdon 100 Comanche under sail: The 30.5-meter ultratechnology built by the oldest shipyard in the United States (in operation since 1816), commissioned by tycoon Jim Clark and designed by Guillaume Verdier in collaboration with VPLP Design, has taken to the water in Newport for its first tests ahead of the upcoming Sydney Hobart.

The boat was born to break any record in major regattas around the world – Esimit Europa 2 can start shaking! VPPs (velocity prediction programs) talk about speeds of more than 30 knots. Then again, the boat is a concentrate of the experience French studios have accumulated in designing multihulls and IMOCA60s. The boat’s beam is 8 meters, and the keel is particularly long to minimize bulb weight. The big challenge will be to make the 100-footer walk even in very light winds (such a large beam translates into a lot of wetted surface area-the large sail plan should be the solution). The skipper of the boat will be Ken Read. After the Sydney Hobart the other races in which Comanche might participate are the Bermuda Race, the RORC Caribbean 600, the Transpacific Yacht Race or the Transatlantic.





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