25 MIRABELLA V

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The first boat to be equipped with the curved ‘Dali mous­tache’ was the Vplp-de­signed Safran 2. “The new rules were putting the old boats kind of at a dis­ad­van­tage be­cause they had to have a one-de­sign keel, one-de­sign mast, re­stric­tions on ma­te­ri­als and so on. We knew that we couldn’t be as ef­fi­cient in terms of sail­ing weight as we are with the old boats, so we moved onto the con­cept of how to use the dy­namic sys­tem to lighten the boat,” ex­plains Safran 2 de­signer Lau­riot Prévost.

“Now, when they are sail­ing at say 10-12 tonnes they have some­thing like half of the weight taken by the dy­namic lift from the keel and foils, so it is as if the boat is sail­ing at 5 tonnes hy­dro­dy­namic weight.”

“NOW THE IMOCA 60S HAVE HALF THEIR WEIGHT TAKEN BY THE DY­NAMIC LIFT”

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