ARKÉA PAPREC

Country FR

FRA 4

Baptismal nameArkéa Paprec
ArchitectJuan Kouyoumdjian
Construction2019, CDK Technologies, Port La Forêt
Launch date7/19/19

Presentation

Designed by Juan Kouyoumdjian, this foiler has been entirely designed and manufactured around his foils, which offer new adjustment possibilities. "We have designed a boat tailored for the Vendée Globe. The fact that only one person must be able to drive this machine around the world is one of the fundamental criteria for design and construction," explains the Franco-Argentine architect.

Five key points Foils: very large and imposing even if their weight remains secret. They are essential in high speeds. A second pair on the basis of or totally different from the first will be under consideration after the Transat Jacques Vabre. The cockpit: equipped with several "windows" that allow Sébastien to see his sails and the front of the boat. "This was an important point in the specifications. I wanted to feel safe, see ahead and be able to observe my competitors. On the 60 feet of the previous generation, this was not necessarily possible. It was like driving a car into town with your eyes closed! "he explains. The hull: flat and taut, it has been designed to exploit the full performance of the foils. The centre of gravity: the lowest possible with a mast foot "sunk" into a "seagull wings" bridge. This makes the boat more powerful and allows the weight of the keel bulb and the volume of the ballast tanks to be adjusted. Versatility: ARKÉA PAPREC is optimised to perform at around 15 knots, the average speed encountered in the Vendée Globe. It is not a typical boat for certain conditions; it is designed to go fast in many types of weather.

ARKEA PAPREC, IMOCA, foiler, Sébastien Simon, Vendée Globe

Length18,28 m
Beam5,70 m
Draught4,50 m
Weight8 tonnes
Mast height28 m
Mast typeMât Aile
FoilsYes
Surface voile max.
Près260 m2
Portant600 m2
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