Multiplast. Eine sehenswerte Erfolgsserie
Die Hochseerekorde der vergangenen 25 Jahre
What an incredible cavalcade the maxi catamaran Orange II put on across the North Atlantic. Multiplast and the Gilles Ollier Design Team can add another prestigious trophy to their achievements board. They now hold all of the major sailing records possible with the Atlantic record, the round the world record, the greatest distance covered in 24 hours and the Mediterranean.
4 days 8 hours 23 minutes and 54 seconds*, an average speed of 28.02 knots !
Bruno Peyron and his crew of 11 sailed full blast across the Atlantic, relegating another maxi catamaran by the name of PlayStation (38 m) helmed by American Steve Fossett to a time of 9 hours behind. Ever since 2004 it has be! en evident that both the boat and the crew were up to the challenge, although they did in fact fail in their attempt by 31 minutes, after a crossing which took them on a much longer route than the theoretical orthodromic route, and with condition which were only just favourable. Today, in spite of concerns over the rudders arising from a collision with a non-identified floating object during the first half of the course, Orange II never the less pushed the speedo to its limits. Bruno Peyron: "…we’re not surprised by the boat’s performance. She is the result of a wide range of experience accumulated over the previous generations of boats designed and built by the same architects and yard (Commodore Explorer in 1993 and the three sister ships for The Race - Club Med, Innovation Explorer and Team Adventure in 2001).But she is also and particularly the result of development arising out of the work with Gilles Ollier’s team and the Multiplast yard. We have never aimed at a re! volutionary design for this boat. What we did aim to achieve however, was to climb the steps one by one, so that we would have a healthy and reliable boat. As if any proof were needed, since being launched, with almost two circumnavigations on her log book, we have never had any major trouble. …".
In the past 25 years during which the firm of architects and the shipyard have been building ocean-racing catamarans, the Team from Vannes has established a unique record of its own. There top places on transatlantic events, races and records round the world, 24 hour records, crewed, two-handed or solo are almost too numerous to mention ! (cf. list of achievements). But what is certainly worth pointing out in respect of the latest times recorded is the versatility of the Multiplast catamarans. Gilles Ollier : "…in spite of the fact that we design and build extremely high-tech carbon boats, where we are permanently seeking to keep weight down, it has often been pointed out that our boats are not the lightest. What counts it the weight/power ratio. Our experienced in building this type of machine means that we can produce safe, comfortable and reliable boats. It goes to show that we can make boats which perform very well on a ! 24 hour sprint, middle distance on the Atlantic or endurance around the world. Orange II’s background confirms this..".
In each of Orange II’s record attempts, her potential was evident. In her victorious circumnavigation last year, Bruno Peyron sailed round the planet in just 50 days, knocking 8 days off the previous record. Not much was needed to bring the record down under the 50 day mark. For the 24 hour record, the French skipper announced that he could better the extraordinary world record of 765 miles which he had just clocked up (the 800 mile barrier !). Over the Atlantic, had it not been for the damage to the rudder, with a little more luck bringing the Atlantic record down to under four days is not altruistic…
Catamaran. The perfect arm
In the maxi-multihull category, the trimaran / catamaran debate is still ongoing. But there is no denying the facts. Yann Penfornis : "…For equal power, a catamaran is much longer. And as length is an essential factor in average speed, it is easy to understand why we went for the option we did.&xnbsp; We now have a great deal of experience of this type of multihull. All of the simulations carried out prove that catamarans are more suitable. And if Orange II gives us so much satisfaction in terms of performance, the next generation on from Orange II is already on the drawing boar ; an. She is bigger, about&xnbsp; 41 m, more powerful still and with performance enhanced by about 8%. ". we are ready to build her.
To back up the what is being maintained, note that the 24 hour single-handed record, (which Multiplast no longer holds) is also held by a catamaran, the Mediatis held by Frenchman Yves Parlier, with&xnbsp; 586 mi! les.
Without contest, Multiplast and the Gilles Ollier Design Team can be proud to have produced the fastest ocean racing sail boat in the world.
Benchmarks / Records held by Multiplast
The Atlantic records
2006 – Orange II – 37 m catamaran, 4d 08h 23mn 54 s* A Gilles Ollier Design Team
2001 – PlayStation –38 m catamaran, 4d 17h 28mn 06s A Morrelli & Melvin design
1990 – Jet Services V, 22.85 m catamaran, 6d 13h 3mn 32s An Ollier Design Team
1988 – Jet Services V, 22.85 m catamaran, 7d 6h 30mn An Ollier design
1987 – Fleury Michon VIII, 22.50 m trimaran, 7d 12h 49mn 34s An Irens design
1985 – Royale II, 25 m catamaran, 7d 21h 5mn 42s A Graal design (Multiplast built)
1984 – Jet Services II, 18.28 m catamaran, 8d 16h 36mn An Ollier design
1981 – Elf Aquitaine I, 20 m catamaran, 9d 10h 6mn 34s A Langevin design
1980 - Paul Ricard, 17 m tri-foiler, 10d 5h 14mn 20s A De Berg design
1905 - Atlantic, 56 m schooner, 12d 04h 01mn 19s A Gardner design
24-hour world record
Orange II / Catamaran 37 m / Gilles Ollier Design Team – Multiplast / Bruno Peyron/ July&xnbsp; 2006 / 765 miles, average speed of 31.87 knots (* subject to ratification by the Wssrc)
Orange II / Catamaran 37 m / Gilles Ollier Design Team – Multiplast / Bruno Peyron/ August 2004 / 706.2 miles, average speed of 29.42 knots
Maiden II / Catamaran 33.50 m / Gilles Ollier Design Team – Multiplast / Brian Thomson & Helena Darvelid / June 2002 / 694.78 miles, average of 28.95 knots
Club Med / Catamaran 33 m / Gilles Ollier Design Team – Multiplast / Grant Dalton & Franck Proffit / February 2001 / 655.2 miles, average&xnbsp; speed 27.3knots
Innovation Explorer / Catamaran 32.5 m /&xnbsp; ! Gilles Ollier Design Team – Multiplast&xnbsp; / Loïck Peyron & Skip Novak / February&xnbsp; 2001 / 629.19 miles, average speed&xnbsp; 26.21 knots
Club Med / Catamaran 33 m / Gilles Ollier Design Team – Multiplast / Grant Dalton & Franck Proffit / June 2000 / 625.7 miles, average speed&xnbsp; 26.07 knots
Round the world record and Trophée Jules Verne
Orange II / Catamaran 37 m / Bruno Peyron / 16 March 2005 / 50d 16h 20mn 04s
Round the world record / Cheyenne / Catamaran 38 m / Steve Fossett / 5 April 2004 / 58d 09h 32mn
Trophée Jules Verne/ Geronimo/ Olivier de Kersauson / 29 April 2004 / 63d 13h 59mn (Multiplast built)
8 attempts on the round the world record
1993 / Commodore Explorer / Catamaran 85’ Ollier-Multiplast / 79d 06h 15' 56"
1994 / Enza New Zealand / Catamaran 89’ Irens–Bombardier / 74d 22h 17' 22"
1997 / Sport-Elec / Trimaran 85’ / Van Peteghem-Lauriot Prévost–CDK / 71d 14h 18' 08"
2002 / Orange / Catamaran 109’ / Gilles Ollier Design Team–Multiplast / 64d 08h 37' 24"
2003 / Geronimo / Trimaran 112’ / Van Peteghem-Lauriot-Prevost –Multiplast / 68d 01h 58' 02"
2004 / Geronimo / Trimaran 112’ / Van Peteghem-Lauriot-Prevost –Multiplast / 63d 13h 59mn
2004 / Cheyenne / Catamaran 125’ / Morrelli-Melvin – Cookson / 58d 09h 32mn
2005 / Orange II / Catamaran 121’ / Gilles Ollier Design Team–Multiplast / 50d 16h 20mn 04s
Orange II / Catamaran 37 m / Bruno Peyron/ September 2004 / 17h 56’ 13’’, average of 25.53 knots
First to cover 500 miles / Crédit&xnbsp; Agricole / Catamaran 20.50 m / Gilles Ollier-Multiplast
First to cover 600 miles / Club Med / Catamaran 33.50 m / Gilles Ollier Design Team – Multiplast
First to cover 700 miles / Catamaran Orange II 37 m / Gilles Ollier Design Team – Multiplast
Multiplast general list of achievements
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