sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Volvo Ocean Race: Skippers try sailing at 34kts aboard Groupama
Volvo Ocean Race: Skippers try sailing at 34kts aboard Groupama

'Franck Cammas takes the Volvo 70 skippers sailing on Groupama 3 Trimiran. Lorient stop over Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12.'    Paul Todd/Volvo Ocean Race©    Click Here to view large photo

Franck Cammas treated rival Volvo Ocean Race skippers Chris Nicholson of Camper and Sanya's Mike Sanderson, along with Telefónica shore boss Horacio Carabelli, to a ride of a lifetime aboard his record breaking trimaran Groupama 3.

With around 20 knots of wind and some big seas off Lorient on Friday morning, Cammas gave the monohull sailors an exhilarating two hour taste of high speed multihull sailing, blasting along at up to 34 knots.

'We wanted to introduce our Anglo-Saxon friends to the French way of sailing -- on a multihull,' Cammas said.

'Mike, Chris and Horacio came along and it was a chance for them to understand the speed difference and size also.

'I think they had a really good time sailing at this speed with such ease. They know their stuff obviously, and I think they really enjoyed it and appreciated the boat.'

'It was pretty cool,' said Nicholson afterwards. 'That is the easiest way to do over 30 knots I have ever seen.

Franck Cammas takes the Volvo 70 skippers sailing on Groupama 3 Trimiran. Lorient stop over Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. -  Paul Todd-Volvo Ocean Race©   Click Here to view large photo

'When you think how hard and difficult it is to do those speeds in a monohull and then you realise that 30 knots on the trimaran is part of every day life.

'I was looking at the speedo and I had to keep looking at the GPS speed to check it was right, and it was. We were doing some serious numbers.

'It was fascinating to watch the leeward hull and how it gets torqued around, and yet the mast and sails are going through the air very nicely,' he said. 'There are a lot of forces going on with the boat and a lot happening at any one time.

'I can’t imagine doing that singlehanded like Franck did,' Nicholson added. 'There is so much that can go wrong. I’m sure when times are good then great but when the weather gets bad or there is a problem, that boat would be a monster.

'I have followed this boat from when Groupama first launched it and I have a lot of friends who have sailed on it, so I have a lot of attachment to the boat,' Sanderson said.



'It is so powerful and you have to be respectful of the power. You can easily see that you would not want it to start telling you what to do.

'We have always seen this enormous boat from outside so to be able to get on board was a nice invitation,' said Carabelli. 'We spent a great morning cruising around at 25 or 30 knots.

'The way this boat works and how everything moves with the rig is a completely different world. It is difficult to find a spot on the boat where it doesn’t throw you around so you have to hold on.

'Chris and Mike and myself were fully involved and we were able to drive and that is an amazing experience to be able to helm a boat like that.

'We had 34 knots and that is a very good speed and not at all scary. The top speed of this boat is probably more than 40 knots and the speed we were doing today in a Volvo boat you would be at the limit.

'Doing 30 knots plus on Groupama 3 is like doing 10 knots on a Volvo Open 70,' Sanderson said.

'Suddenly the world becomes a lot smaller place, that’s for sure.'

Franck Cammas takes the Volvo 70 skippers sailing on Groupama 3 Trimiran. Lorient stop over Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. -  Paul Todd-Volvo Ocean Race©   Click Here to view large photo


by Volvo Ocean Race

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=98848

11:49 AM Sat 23 Jun 2012GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on
2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race

Related News Stories:

23 Jun 2012  Volvo Ocean race: Camper tries two more hulls in Lorient
22 Jun 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Telefonica aims for a positive finish
19 Jun 2012  Volvo Ocean Race: Boats allowed to haul - but at a points cost
19 Jun 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - We won't give up says Puma's skipper
19 Jun 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Awaiting the jury decision + Video
18 Jun 2012  Volvo Ocean Race: Blasting and wipe-outs in the Atlantic Storm - Video
17 Jun 2012  Volvo Ocean Race: Setting a speed record of 39kts is not one you want
17 Jun 2012  Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 8 Review - Short, Fast and Furious + Video
16 Jun 2012  Volvo Ocean Race: Defiant Telefonica reflect and look ahead to Galway
16 Jun 2012  Volvo Ocean Race: More images from Lorient
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World





AWT Quatro Desert Showdown at Punta San Carlos by American Windsurfing Tour,






















America's Cup: Rod Davis - Time for a change after ten years with team *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,








Maxi yacht rendezvous this September in Sardinia by International Maxi Association,




















America's Cup: Team NZ wish Davis well with new team *Feature by Richard Gladwell, Sail-world.com/nz,


Fisher's View: Sailing perfection at Hamilton Island- Day 3 by Bob Fisher, Hamilton Island, Queensland




2014 Formula Kite World Championship Day 1 by Markus Schwendtner, Istanbul






52 Super Series - Fleet grows, 2015 dates revealed
420 and 470 Junior Europeans - Teams from 9 nations on the podium
IFDS Worlds - Former president presented with ISAF awards medal
Nanjing Youth Olympic Games - Improvements aplenty in Byte CII fleets
America's Cup: New Zealand loses top coach to Artemis Racing
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 CEO Knut Frostad talks (Part I) *Feature
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race Day 9 - Swish on record pace
2014 CORK Olympic Classes Regatta - Day 3
2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games - Day 2
2014 IFDS World Championship: Opening Ceremony images
Opera House Cup - Images by Ingrid Abery
Teams descend upon Cowes for inaugural J/111 World Championships
Hamilton Island Race Week: Everywhere there's smiley people
IFDS World Championships - US Paralympic hopefuls ready for racing
Sopot Match Race - Poland's Tour debut deemed a triumph
Vineyard Race celebrates 80th running of the East Coast classic
Nanjing Youth Olympic Games: Young sailors begin racing on Lake Jinniu
AWT Quatro Desert Showdown - Victory for Morgan Noireaux
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race - Day 8: Test of endurance
Bart's Bash: Over 2300 entered from 588 yacht clubs - Join here
Halifax ready to welcome the world at 2014 IFDS World Championships   
RC44 World Championship title to Bronenosec + Video   
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week: Day 2 Images by Crosbie Lorimer   
IFDS Worlds - Gary Jobson to attend opening ceremonies   
Melges 32 U.S. National Championship - Dalton DeVos crowned champion   
2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games trailer   
2014 Chicago Grand Slam - Canfield wins   
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Varuna takes overall lead   
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week; Crosbie Lorimer Day 1 Images   
Fisher's View: Hamilton Island Race Week - Day 1 - Stayin' Alive   
CORK Olympic Classes Regatta 2014 - Day one   
Youth Olympics: practice over, athletes welcomed, time for YOG sailing   
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Record for Artemis-Team Endeavour   
2014 Melges 32 U.S. National Championship - Day 2   
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland: Artemis sets fourth course record   
2014 Chicago Grand Slam - Top seeds survive as semi-finalists   
420 and 470 Junior Europeans - Breezy day 4 in Gdynia   
RC44 World Championship - Dramatic improvement for Artemis Racing   
18' Skiff International Regatta - Action begins August 25th   
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Challenging conditions arise   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT