There's a web site with a bunch of information about these boats in French. The site dates to about 2000, but the data is still interesting. It's here: http://www.goldenoldies.biz/
by Vincent Besin, the current owner of Cheers. Laurent Coquilleau translated it for us on the proa_file yahoo group in 2009:
1979 MERLIN, then AZULAO II and finally FLEURY MICHON II
A 42' schooner rig owned by Nick Clifton; she finished second in the 1979 Bermuda race, behind ROGUE WAVE, designed by Dick Newick. She was wrecked in the OSTAR 1980 following a collision with another boat. The boat has sailed 17,000 miles prior to the OSTAR.
1979 LADY GODIVA, then GODIVA CHOCOLATIER, then SAINT MARC II and finally FUNCKY BUT CHIC
A small 34' schooner built for Rory Nugent; she capsized in the OSTAR 80; then owned by Denis Gliksman. She is a Dick Newick design. She is now in dry dock in Port Laforet, France, nearby the CDK shipyard (famous French ship yard for racing sailboat). She is currently co-owned by Denis Gliksman and Jean Le Cam (a famous French skipper). You can find some (sobering) pictures of her at: http://www.wingo.com/newick/godiva/index.html
1979 ETERNA ROYAL QUARTZ
The first French built, a 54' boat designed by Dick Newick/ Jean-Marie Vidal/ Christian Augé. She was destroyed after a collision in the OSTAR 80 after one third of the race.
1980 TAHITI DOUCHE, then SAINT MARC
Owned by Alain Gliksman, she was a 55'09 sloop designed by Daniel Charles. Ran the race La Baule-Dakar in 1983, broke her daggerboards and lost a race which was reachable for her. She has been restored by Patrick Luscher and is now based in Saint Martin (is it the Dutch West Indies? Or the South of France? I am not sure...). TAHITI DOUCHE was first a schooner, then modified by Christian Augé, then modified a second time by Marc Lombard and finally modified by Patrick Luscher.
1981 EKA GRATA
First cruising proa, a sloop of 18m designed by Daniel Charles for Nicklauss Schiess. Destroyed in 1982 (smashed to the shore) after a journey England / France / Spain / Mediterranean Sea / Azores / France.
1981 FUNAMBULE, then GUADELOUPE, then LESTRA SPORT and finally SHARP VIDEO before transformation into a 60' schooner named FRANCOFOLIES in 1990 A Guy Delage schooner of 14 m waterline length, finished first in "Tour de la Guadeloupe" in 81; Guadeloupe is one of the French West indies islands. Finished first of "Trophée des multicoques" in 81. Finished first in its class and second overall in New York - Brest 81. Was world speed record holder in "open" category (I am not sure of what it means...) in Brest in '81 (the record held 5 years). She was the smallest boat that beat the Atlantic Schooner record accross the Atlantic Ocean, in a little bit more than 10 days. Finished first in its class and third overall in La Rochelle - New Orleans in 82. New Round Guadeloupe record in '82. Raced Transat en double in '83 skippered by Dany Delage and Béatrice Druon under the name SHARP VIDEO.
Flying proa rigged as a sloop, too complex and fold itseld prior to Route du Rhum 82.
1985 LANGUEDOC ROUSSILLON
Owned by Guy Delage, lost its mast and then held in gridlock in politico-juridico-economic mess.
1986 LE PASSAGER DU VENT
Sloop prao used in chartering
1987 FUMEE NOIRE
20m/9.6m, schooner, with 3 beams, designed and built by Christian Auge and Denis Kergomar as a working boat for the Marquises Islands (French Pacific islands), modified for racing but without success. Participated to the "Tour de l'Europe" 1987 in sloop configuration. Currently is dire economical situation with skipper Christian Augé in Brest, France.
1989 CIMBA , KAURY
Cruising flying proa, 38' sloop, owned by Russel Brown, are now in New England and are reserved, according to Dick Newick, to experienced sailors "with a deep philosophical conviction". It is worth noting that most people who sailed with Russ Brown got scared at one point or another. At the same time, Russ Brown has done ocran crossing with his boats in the worst sea conditions, always being in control.
1990 1990 FRANCOFOLIES, ex-FUNAMBULE stretcehd to 60' by Lalou Roucayrol; lost its mast at the start of Route du Rhum 90; finished at an "unofficial" fourth place in La Baule Dakar 91
1990 PRAO ( JP TURCO), built by Henri and Jean Cormier. You can see a picture here: http://membres.lycos.fr/ugmarie/zach...ormierprao.htm
Broke a shroud anchor point at the start of Route du Rhum 90. I know from French sailing magazine at the time that this boat was a tacker, not a shunter. It was actually made of different pieces from several other racing multihulls that had been partially destroyed in previous races. I believe the main hull and the beams and the float were from different boats.
1992 DES JOURS MEILLEURS
Pacific proa of 18m built at Vannes in France by Alain and Philippe GUILLARD, they are members of this forum!
1999 PRAO DE CAMPING COTIER
Camp cruiser, rigged as a schooner, of 10m; can be disassembling for trailering; it is defined as "biamphidrome" ( it sails as a Pacific Proa in light winds, and Atlantic proa in strong winds). Designed and built by Denis Kergomar at Ballaruc les bains, France.
I thought I put all that stuff on the wiki page with the pictures, but perhaps I never did. I'll have to get on that.