New Figaro 3 launch and first sail

Discussion in 'Sailboats' started by Dolfiman, Sep 3, 2017.

  1. Dolfiman
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    Videos of the new Bénéteau Figaro 3 launched July 28 and very first sail with its "Chistera" shape foils (the chistera is a form of racquet used in Basque pelota, a traditional game).
    It is a VPLP design, 9,75m long (32') , 2900 kg (6393 lbs)
    This boat will be built by Bénéteau as a monotype for the french championship of offshore races, including the "La solitaire du Figaro", which forms the pool of the future top sailors for Vendée Globe and Ultime races (all "Vendée globe" winners used to be double or triple winners of the "La solitaire du Figaro").

    Launch :
    First sail : Bénéteau. Figaro 3, les premières vidéos ! http://www.letelegramme.fr/voile/en-images/solitaire-voila-le-figaro-3-26-07-2017-11610043.php
    Bénéteau site (in French but with beautiful views of the boat) :
    BENETEAU FIGARO 3 BENETEAU FRANCE http://www.beneteau.com/fr/figaro-beneteau-3
     
  2. Doug Lord
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    Interesting stuff, Dolfiman, thanks. Not sure I get that foil considering the complete inability to retract it and the lack of rudder t-foils. Certainly innovative.
     
  3. Dolfiman
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    Dear Doug,

    This link with new photos better showing the chistera foils in action.
    Bénéteau sails new Figaro 3 foiling monohull - Yachting Monthly http://www.yachtingmonthly.com/news/beneteau-announces-production-foiling-monohull-54366
    I understood that the specifications were deeply discussed with all stakeholders (VPLP , Bénéteau, circuit organisers and sailors representatives) within a strict budget of 150 kEuros no more, and the main results are no water ballast, no kanting keel, a bit more draft, innovation focused on these foils, a lighter and shorter boat , all that with an expected performance of average +15% in speed / Figaro 2 (and now esay to verify with the prototype). Chistera foils have the advantage of no unuseful drag by light breeze.
     

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