Sail-World.com : New Archambault M34 launched and sailing at La Rochelle
New Archambault M34 launched and sailing at La Rochelle
'New Archambault M34 cracked 15 knots in 17-knots of breeze.'
Following months of design and development, the first Archambault M34 was launched and sailed last week in the seaside port of La Rochelle, France.
This innovative Joubert-Nivelt-Mercier design was selected as the new class for yachting's famous Tour De France a la Voile, starting in 2011, replacing the Farr 30 after 12 years on the circuit. A full regatta schedule and a transatlantic race are planned for this developing international class.
The design brief for the M34 was for a yacht rugged enough to cope with offshore sailing, a hull shape which lends itself towards easy road transportation and a draft shallow enough to enter tidal ports.
Working sail area is only marginally less than an Archambault A40rc - New Archambault M34 - Bateaux Archambault
After a rigorous selection process, Archambault Bateux appointed Southern Spars as the official mast supplier for the M34 One Design class. Accordingly Southern Spars designed and produced the carbon fibre masts for the M34 in two sections using state-of-the-art Carbon Nanotube Technology (CNT). Unlike standard filament wound products, this high-tech process allows for carbon fibre wound tubes to be manufactured with the equivalent amount of zero degree fibre as its pre-preg counterparts, guaranteeing higher strength properties.
Through the use of Carbon Nanotube enhanced resin, Southern with the help of its technology partner Compotech, has been able to improve the strength properties of these one design masts. This has resulted in the manufacture of stronger and more durable masts that are lighter and smaller in section.
Archambault M34 Cockpit is exceptionally spacious and ergonomic - Bateaux Archambault
Over the past 15 months, Southern Spars has been incorporating CNT Technology into the manufacture of its latest One Design class masts. Classes such as the Elliott 6 Olympic women’s match race class, as well as the Audi Melges 20 which was named ‘2009 One Design Boat of the Year’ by the prestigious Sailing World publication can be seen sporting this breakthrough technology.
Length: 10.34 m
Beam: 2.98 m
Ballast: 2.400 kg
Draft: 1.70 / 2.50 m
Sails Area: 72 m²
Spinnaker: 130 m²
To find out more about this innovative new class, please visit www.M34.eu for the latest updates.
Or for further information on Southern Spars contact:
by Brenna Pringle, Southern Spars
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