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Vendee Globe dockside tour part 4

Today Thomson and Golding contemplate Safran, her titanium keel and milled carbon fibre mast track

Wednesday October 31st 2012, Author: James Boyd, Location: France

Our video dock tour of the Vendee Globe IMOCA 60s with Mike Golding and Alex Thomson continues, following on from part one, part two and part three.

Today's a good one - we look at Marc Guillemot's Safran, which Alex believes to be "the most technologically advanced in the fleet" with her titanium keel. She also has a new rig with a milled carbon track, as well as articulating spreaders. We look at Louis Burton's Bureau Vallee (ex Delta Dore), sistership to Hugo Boss. Mike Golding discusses carbon rigging, and we look at Arnaud Boissieres' Akena Verandas and her new wingmast.


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  • Adrian Kuttel 01/11/2012 - 08:10

    Just loving this series of videos. Well done.
  • Vonact 01/11/2012 - 02:21

    Fantastic to see a series of interviews / chats like this. Keep this sort of thing coming. As someone else said - it makes the subscription worth it with great interviews and video like this. We want to see and hear more about the technical details of the boats. Keep up the great work.
  • conradcolman 31/10/2012 - 18:32

    Safran's track is actually woven his sponsor's trick 3D weaving machine and then glued onto the tube afterwards. http://www.vendeeglobe.org/es/noticias/articulo/1131/un-nouveau-mat-revo...
  • 381394 31/10/2012 - 18:11

    You have done us proud with the dock walk James - a brilliant idea. I'm glad there is still some tech envy around when it comes to new innovations. Having a milled carbon track AND a milled titanium keel must place Safran head of the bragging rights. Got to be worth having just to see Alex and Mike drooling....

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