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ARIEL 2

ARIEL 2
Sail number : FIN 222
Architect : Owen Clarke Design
Year of construction : 2007
Date of first launch : 14th Dec 2007
Main(s) skipper(s) : Ari HUUSELA
GAES Centros Auditivos (GAES Hearing Centres) is Dee Caffari's former Aviva. It was conceived by the design team at Owen Clarke and built at the Hakes Marine shipyard in New Zealand. The yacht was launched in December 2007 and since then it has sailed over 60,000 miles, including the Vendee Globe 2008/09. It is a very powerful yacht and the twin of Mike Golding's Ecover. The British yachtswoman has also sailed an Artemis Transat in 2008 and the Transat Jacques Vabre 2009 with the IMOCA Open 60. In spring 2010, the boat underwent a comprehensive refit in Barcelona, including the re-modelling of the cockpit, with increased protection and the transfer from a steering wheel to a tiller, as well as a new handling system. The duo Dee Caffari and Anna Corbella lead the boat to the finish of the Barcelona World Race and too 6th place.

- Designer: Owen Clarke Design LLP / Clay Oliver
- Shipyard: Hakes Marine Construction, Wellington (New Zealand)
- Launch: December 2007
- Previous names: Aviva
- Length: 18.28 m (60 feet)
- Beam: 5.57m
- Draught: 4.5 m
- Displacement: 9,000 kg
- Centreboards: 2 asymmetric, carbon fibre
- Keel blade material: steel
- Bulb material: lead
- Mast height: 27.5 m
- Mast manufacturer: Southern Spars
- Total sail area close hauled: 300 m2
- Total sail area downwind: 580 m2
- Rudder: tiller
- Rudder blades: 2 under the hull
- Autopilots onboard: 2
- Onboard energy source: generator

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