Vendée Globe 2004
MK-II project was a radical design compared to MK-I, still in the aim of racing in Vendée Globe 2004.
This time, design being clear from financial aspects, the final achievement is this large and powerfull ship, still with hard chines to get the best in regards of hydrodynamic stability at high speed.
Appendages are more sophisticated : canting keel, asymetric side daggerboards, twin rudders.
Deck plan was designed in order to group in the center of the ship all blocks and ropes usually laid on bottom of the mast. This is upgrading the ease and safety of manoeuvering. For this purpose, the roof is very low and two side shiels have been accomodated close to the helms
This design, innovative in 2003, has been applied on up-to-date Open 60 recently launched, with different interpretations depending on sailors and architects. This is an evidence of efficiency and interest.
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