Brand new Groupama 4 to leave Multiplast boatyard on Saturday morning

Posted on 29 April 2011 by Valencia Sailing

[Source:Multiplast] After nearly 11 months of construction, it is by road that the monohull of Franck Cammas for the next Volvo Ocean Race will join the Groupama Sailing Team base in Lorient .

At 6:30 on Saturday morning, the exceptional convoy will set off to join the team base in Lorient (arrival around 9 pm). This departure is the culmination of more than 40,000 hours of work for 30 technicians in charge of building this prototype.

In fact, since December, the teams of Olivier Pavia and Fred Ehanno have been taking turns six days a week to complete the first French Volvo 70 ever to be built. This boat will carry with her the hopes of the entire boatyard in a race so far won only by Anglo-Saxons.

Down to the millimeter

Jean-Baptiste Mouton in charge of the project at Multiplast, commented: “The last few weeks have been obviously very dense but the fact we passed the measurements controls last weekend without any problem and down to the millimeter was a nice recognition of this boatyard’s knowhow.”

Pierre Tissier, in charge of construction supervision for Team Groupama, stated: “We have been working for several years with MULTIPLAST, we know each other very well and we have a seamless communication, and this is essential to build a reliable and efficient boat.”

The technical teams will now have to fit out the appendages (keel, daggerboard, rudders), rigging (mast, boom) and electronics collaboration with the crew before a launch planned in the second week of May.

The brand new Groupama 4 ready to leave the boatyard. Photo copyright Multiplast

1 Comments For This Post

  1. tmnindigo Says:

    Every new racing yacht built or launched in Europe debuts on Valencia Sailing now And then follows up with great shots of the first sea trials in many instances. Greatly appreciated.
    Thanks, Pierre


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