Multiplast boats on all fronts


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After the recent records achieved by Thomas Coville (Sodebo Ultim) and Francis Joyon (Idec Sport) , Multiplast multihulls are once again under the spotlight.

Bermuda, Saint-Nazaire, and New-York : so many playing fields for our multihulls to race at the highest level and to the great joy of their teams. 

26th of May : America's Cup racing start for Groupama Team France

Flash Back : In January, Franck Cammas's AC50 , just out of the Groupe Carboman facility (Décision in Switzerland and Multiplast in France) was sent to Bermuda where the Groupama Team France technicians worked hard to integrate all of the hydraulic and electrical systems necessary to accommodate the control systems for the wing, foils, and rudders.

Yann Penfornis, Managing Director of Multiplast declared : "It is an immense task when confronted with teams whose budgets are from two to eight times size of the French team's budget, some of whom have been involved in the America's Cup for more than 20 years. Rather than being discouraged, this situation provides an additional source of motivation for the Groupe Carboman technicians! As much for Décision S.A. where elements were built, as for Multiplast where they were assembled, our teams have worked closely with Franck Cammas's team to launch an AC50 which our technicians can be proud of".

Up until the end of April, whilst the team trained on board, our technicians in Vannes built increasingly optimised and lightweight aerodynamic elements to contribute to increasing the lift of the plateform at speeds frequenty superior to 40 knots, using plans generated by Groupama Team France engineers over Bermuda.

Now it is time for racing, with a first head to head with Oracle Team USA, the title holder, on Friday th 26th of May.

29th May : The launch of the trimaran Idec Sport

Francis Joyon and his team will launch the trimaran Idec Sport on Monday the 29th of May at 10 am in front of the Multiplast yard. This boat has seen many emotional launches since 2007 whilst accruing its extraordinary track record.

To go around in 40 days at an average speed for more the 26 knots, with certain days at more than 36 knots, is not painless. Over the last 2 months, the Multiplast teams together with the Idec Sport shore team and crew have rallied round to repair the trimaran's cuts and bruises.

This boat, the double holder of the Jules Verne Trophy and the Route du Rhum has accumulated more than 200,000 miles in the hands of the best skippers (Franck Cammas, Loick Peyron, Francis Joyon) and remains capable of clocking up top level races and records.

Proof (if there was need for it) of the constancy of Multiplast boats.

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Launching of IDEC in front of Multiplast


23 rd of June : "The Bridge" for 4 multihulls which Multiplast knows well

On the 23th of June, as part of the celebrations to mark the 100 year anniversary of the American troop's arrival to join the Allied fight in the 1st World War, Macif, Sodebo, Actual and Idec Sport will take part in an unusual race between the maxi-trimarans and the liner Queen Mary 2.

This race between Saint-Nazaire and New-York, the first race which is 100% dedicated to Ultim' trimarans, will host an encounter between 4 multihulls which are well-know to Mutliplast.

  • Idec Sport (ex Groupama, ex Banque Populaire) built at the Multiplast yard in 2006, fresh from its second win of the Jules Verne Trophy (team around the world record).
  • Sodebo Ultim (ex Geronimo), built at the Multiplast yard in 2001 and then modified in 2013. Thomas Coville holds the solo round the world record on this boat in 49 days and 3 hours.
  • Macif, of which the central hull and the  mainsheet track beam were built at Mutliplast in 2015, current holder of the solo 24 hours record.
  • Actual, a Multiplast yard regular, where this boat frequently undertakes its maintenance work.

Multiplast will be as close as possible to the multihulls during this transatlantic crossing, as Dominique Dubois will leave the Paris Air Show a few days before its closure to embark on the Queen Mary from Saint-Nazaire.

The President of the Carboman Groupe will meet up on board with several hundred decision-makers, company heads, and economic players. On the programme : following the progress of the race, of course, but also a series of conferences and around tables on "man's place in tomorrow's business, innovation, or even diversification" to allow for networking and the creation of new relationships in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.


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The Queen Mary 2 - The Bridge 2017

Upcoming events :

From the 19th to the 25th of June 2017 : International Paris Airshow - Stand/Hall 2B172

From the 20th to the 22nd of June 2017 : JEC of Chicago "The future of Composites in Construction" -  Stand D8

July : Launch of the maxi trimaran Edmond de Rothschild


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