From the team, and launching new horizons for Prysmian Group
The IMOCA Prysmian Group has launched yesterday, at 7:30 am, at the port of Lorient Base. The boat, returned to France via cargo after …
Lorient – The IMOCA Prysmian Group has launched yesterday, at 7:30 am, at the port of Lorient Base. The boat, returned to France via cargo after the Transat Jacques Vabre last year, was now coming into the yard, where it remained for longer than expected, following the 19-COVID crisis.
These three months of work, a slower pace and in compliance with health standards, have served to make further improvements to the boat. A small team and at times alternating work, but always tireless and motivated, has also completed the work scheduled in the summer construction site: the forced extension of the ground has been profitable.
Now, both Giancarlo is his “boat” quiver to return to sail the sea: the sea trials will be important to resume the automatic in solo sailing and to test in practice the changes.
“Today the boat is 80% of the configuration that we want to reach for the Vendée Globe. The idea is to test the work started on site this winter. Once we have confirmed positive by sea trials, we will establish the different configurations to keep at sea and in the calibration of equipment such as batteries, autopilots and instrument calibration, “says Giancarlo. “The goal for the coming months is to increase the reliability of the boat for a tour of the world safely and with good performance. Reliable boat is a boat that can go fast: in recent months we practically dismantled and reassembled the whole boat for a general check. All structures have been passed to ultrasound to control the total vessel integrity, put to the test by the stresses of the foil. Every detail taken care of brings greater chance of success in the future and less problems in navigation. We also rewired the entire electrical system to allow me and the team who will follow me from the ground during the tour of the world, to know in detail every element of the boat. »
ergonomics study for superior performance
Great attention has been paid to ergonomics on board that will allow the skipper an optimal rest and then an increase of sports performance and resistance in extreme weather conditions.
“You have to think on a boat to foil the body is constantly stressed, even standing still sometimes there are stresses and energy are wasted indispensable. By implementing and improving both the sessions both the mattresses, studied the physiological curve of my body hope to achieve this goal. We thought about different solutions both inside and outside of the boat: the seats will still favor a not too deep relaxation to relax your abs but to encourage a rapid return to action. Being able to do things simply and with a minimum of energy, in a project like this is a fundamental step. »
The new-Arctique-Vendée Les Sables d’OlonneIl IMOCA calendar was due cambianto emergency COVID: it is impossible to go to the United States, the class that collects 60-foot one-design boats reacted with a new race, which will start on July 4: the Vendée-Arctique-Les Sables d’Olonne. Giancarlo sull’IMOCA Prysmian Group will sail 3600 miles single-handed on a deep sea triangular course: Les Sables d’Olonne, a mile north of the Arctic Circle waypoint, one in the Azores and back to France. Accompanying them, always Electriciens sans frontiéres NGOs.
A good test before getting to the start line of the Vendée Globe and Giancarlo is not only a sporting and competitive tests: it has a deeper meaning and human.
“The race for me has a double meaning: sporty, to test the work this winter and experience my preparation for the participation in the Vendée Globe in November, but not only. This regatta is a strong sign of hope after the crisis we’ve been through and for me it has a value also supportive because I will do my best to live even for employees of Prysmian Group and volunteers to Electriciens sans frontière this human adventure, sailing solo in extreme areas. “