Single-handed Beneteau Figaro race

Undetitled The single-handed Figaro race is the famous and mythic race  in the  world of one-design racing monohulls. Both young and older sailors from across the world come to this yearly race, which takes place in Western Europe. Undetitled For this 43rd edition, 40 sailors will be competing to continue what has been a long-standing tradition for passionate sailors. This nearly month-long race will test their endurance and skills with many challenges on the way in varying weather conditions.   This year, six previous winners will be competing in this prestigious race, which is seen as a launching pad for a professional career.  Winning this race or even a stage will put you on the map in the competition sailing world. This year’s class of sailors is very diverse: There are French, English, Italian, Norwegian, Belgium and this year, one Croatian.   Untitled The 2013 edition starts from Bordeaux (South-West of France) before heading to Portugal and Spain and finishing in North of France.   The one-design fleet of racing boats in the Figaro has always been designed by the world’s #1 sailboat manufacturer, Beneteau. The current design, the “Figaro Beneteau II”, designed by Marc Lombard, is marking its tenth anniversary this year. Dimensions of the Figaro Beneteau II:

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Length: 33.1 Feet

Width: 11.35 Feet

Draft: 6.9 Feet

Weight: 6,724 Lbs

Keel Weight: 2,425 Lbs

Main Sail: 387 square feet

Jib: 323 square feet

Spinnaker: 915 square feet

Nowadays, there are 92 units built, with no more construction planned. The main objective of limiting the production is to control the participant’s budget. Owner’s will rent their boats to prospective racers.   Figaro Beneteau II was first built in 2003 with specific demands from the sailors. There are several reasons for this:   Some of the best-know sailors in the world have competed and won this race: Loick Peyron, Franck Cammas, Pascal Bidegorry, Philippe Poupon, Alain Gauthier, and Michel Desjoyeaux. It’s a very challenging offshore race which will pit the best against the best, with the same weapons at hand. It comes down to what you do with it!   ‘Le Figaro’ became an inescapable experience and rite of passage for those sailors wanting to compete on the best boats in the world in the Volvo Ocean Race or the America’s Cup.   Finally, on this offshore race there reigns an exceptional atmosphere where the words “solidarity” and “friendship” mix with “performance” and “competition”. The “Solitaire du Figaro” (1,700 miles) is the culmination of the Figaro season. There is also one technical race for the French Championships (300 miles) and one race in Mediterranean Sea around (1,600 miles), and finally a Trans-Atlantic Race (around 4,000 miles). In general, we can add 3000 miles of delivery and training for one season.   The entire Figaro, including delivery, will amount to 12,000 miles per Figaro Beneteau II, a considerable distance if you consider that to go from La Rochelle, France, to Los Angeles by way of the Caribbean on a Lagoon 450 took 10,000 miles of travel for our client Brian (See Our Previous Post).   Untitlefed * Marius Touet – I’m the Naos Yacht Sales intern for the next 4 months. I joined Naos as part of my curriculum for a business school I am attending in France. I am studying entrepreneurship, marketing and came to America to improve my English. I was born in a sailing family, which is why I love boating. I am very happy to learn from Naos Yacht Sales and live in Los Angeles for this period of time.   Marius from Naos Yacht Sales marius@naosyachtsales.com naosyachtsales.com        

Beneteau First 30 Commissioning

We received a naked hull on a truck on 04/28/2013: our new First 30 “Reggatta”.

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This one is very different from the last First 30; 1.320 pounds less on the hull and 660 pounds more on the keel. The designers made this change because of the Velocity Made Good (VMG). This specialized boat is reinforced for offshore sailing as well, and its interior has been stripped clean of the usual heavier cruising interior with light blond Alpi wood, 2 cabins, head, galley and Nav station. The new version is all-grey finished with honeycomb paneling, with bunks and lots of sail and gear storage. The toilet sits forward under a bunk, and, well, there are no showers. Real racing conditions!

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Last year’s Pacific Cup winners (Aboard the Naos 30, their previous First 30) Charles-Etienne Devanneaux and Frederick Courouble costumed this First 30. Frédérick Courouble is a naval architect, engineer and designer. He tuned the rudder heavily using wind tunnel technology and lots of on-the-water testing. Charles-Etienne is the owner of Naos Yacht Sales, Beneteau and Lagoon dealer in California for the past 5 years. The commissioning process got underway quickly once “Thirsty Thirty” arrived. First step was fitting the new 660 pound keel under the boat. A “kelp window” will be installed in the bottom of the hull just in front of the keel, to be able to see while underway if any kelp was caught on the keel. The second part of the commissioning: installing the NKE electronic system. On this offshore kind of boat you need an autopilot, which comes with an on-board regatta processor that gets smarter as you sail, and lots safety equipment like AIS system, EPIRB and GPS system.

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20 days after Naos Yacht Sales received the boat, we put the rig on. Then deck gear is added to the deck of the boat, such as soft Antal pad-eyes, Ropeye rings instead of blocks (no more wheels, and bearings) to eliminate weight and potential corrosion, D4 Carbon sails with all Dyneema sheets and halyards that take huge loads and will never fail. Finally, we made modifications to the junction between the hull and the stern, by smoothing out the joint to reduce the friction and bubbling.

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She is getting some more small modifications and will be splashed shortly and sailed, to be followed by more modifications.   Now our Thirsty Thirty is ready to cross oceans! Untitled6          

10,000 Miles with a Lagoon 450 during 1 year

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Congratulations from Naos Yacht Sales to Brian Fitzpatrick and his mate Andrew Starr. They just completed a long journey together from France to California, their end destination. Brian bought this boat one year ago precisely to bring it back to America. They crossed 26 countries during their trip, which has been like discovering new worlds for both of them. France, Pays Basque, Spain, Portugal, Canaria Islands, Santa Lucia, Sainte Vincent, Grenadine, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Venezuela, Colombia, Dutch ABCs, San Blas Islands, Bolivie, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, USA. map When I saw Brian for the first time, I asked him which place or country did he prefer. His answer was: “I have a lot of favorite places; my boat is a way to go on the water, only when the water is warm. With this Lagoon 450 we have comfort everywhere.” The nice part about cruising is you can plan to only go to places where the water is warm! Something very exceptional was that Andrew had just a week of basic sailing lessons before this trip in Berkeley; he had never sailed before. Truly, sailing even oceans is something that is a possibility for just about anyone with the right mindset. Bryan’s thinking is “Take your time”. While they were always one of the last boats to leave their anchorage, they often came in first because of their faster Lagoon 450. That’s a fantastic way to live and cruise; be last to leave and first to arrive at a new anchorage. One of their best stories was at Saint Lucia, in Rodney Bay during Christmas day. Brian had accumulated a lot of gifts and candies from all their stops, and they brought them as gifts to the local village and distributed them to all the children. The great part is with Brian’s long white beard and big round belly he looks a lot like Santa Claus. This brought on many smiles with each treat he handed out.

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This is a sample of what they told me during a lunch with the Naos Yacht Sales team on their first day back in California. They received us on their Lagoon 450 with a yellowtail on the barbecue and some squash from the Canary Islands. A great meal! Thanks for sharing your stories, Brian and Andrew.   You want to know more about This Inncredible journey: http://inncrediblesealodge.com/blog/   Marius from Naos Yacht Sales marius@naosyachtsales.com naosyachtsales.com teamnaos* Marius Touet – I’m the Naos Yacht Sales intern for the next 4 months. I joined Naos as part of my curriculum for a business school I am attending in France. I am studying entrepreneurship, marketing and came to America to improve my English. I was born in a sailing family, which is why I love boating. I am very happy to learn from Naos Yacht Sales and live in Los Angeles for this period of time.      

Sailing Stories: Testing a new spinnaker

SPI Sunday 05/19 at 2 PM in Marina Del Rey, Los Angeles – Southern California Here we go sailing again! The Naos Yacht Sales team had an asymetrical spinnaker to test on “Les 3 Amis”, a 2010 Lagoon 400; joining us were the owners Arthur and Elizabeth, and their friend Isabelle. After a wonderful French lunch of baguettes, meats, cheeses, salads and (of course) great French wine, we set out for an afternoon of sailing the Santa Monica Bay. Our goal was to show them how to gain speed downwind with the new sail. The weather was great, the sky very clear without any clouds. Awesome sailing conditions for L.A., per usual. We raised the main and genoa in the channel with the wind rising to 15 knots. Once out on the bay, we decided to go North along Venice Beach and Santa Monica, up the wind. When we were far enough from the marina, we raised the spinnaker which was contained in a sock. Arthur was impressed with how easily we were able to raise the sail, lifted up the sock and let the sail open up. Quickly, with the owner at the helm, we were surfing waves comfortably at 9 knots. We soon realized that we turned back too quickly, so we dropped the spinnaker and headed back upwind so we could have more time to play with our new toy. We tacked 3 times and headed out further to sea. SPI2Arthur received a call from a friend who recognized his boat from the beach; we where able to spot him with the binoculars. Arthur was so excited to play on the waves and with the new spinnaker but eventually we decided to go back to the dock so we took the spinnaker down and turned the Lagoon catamaran back towards the marina. It was a great afternoon with Arthur, Elisabeth, Isabelle, and Charles. Thank you, Naos Yacht Sales! Marius * Marius Touet – I’m the Naos Yacht Sales intern for the next 4 months. I joined Naos as part of my curriculum for a business school I am attending in France. I am studying entrepreneurship, marketing and came to America to improve my English. I was born in a sailing family, which is why I love boating. I am very happy to learn from Naos Yacht Sales and live in Los Angeles for this period of time.