Le Breton Yachts Newsletter March 2013
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Visit Le Breton Yachts at the International Multihull Boat Show 2013

Come and visit us at the International Multihull Boat Show in La Grande Motte, France, from 10-14 April 2013. We’ll have lots of exciting news about the SIG60 and SIG80. For more information about the show click here.

Vamonos! participates in the Banderas Bay Regatta

SIG45 Vamonos! is participating in the Banderas Bay Regatta. The regatta is a non-profit event hosted by the Vallarta Yacht Club, in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The Banderas Bay "Regata Internacional" is the signature event of the Vallarta Yacht Club and the largest cruising regatta on Mexico’s Pacific coast.  Follow Vamonos! during the Banderas bay regatta here.

SIG45 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Seahorse competition

We are pleased to announce Rubens Saade from Brazil as winner of the Seahorse magazine competition! Rubens has won a year's subscription to the fantastic Seahorse Sailing Magazine by sharing this photo. Thank you all for participating and stay tuned for more!

SIG45 Vamonos! during the Rolex Big Boat Series 2012

A Sail Geek’s Guide – “There’s nothing new under the sun!”

It is quite clear that the legendary yacht designer Nathaniel Herreschoff was ahead of his time. Here is what he wrote in 1877:

"... In the fall of 1875 I was thinking and thinking how to get great speed out of single hulled boats, of the kind in common use. To get great speed, thought I, one must have great power, one must have a great sail, you must have something to hold it up, and that something must be large and wide, and have a large sectional surface, and also a great deal of frictional surface.

These properties in a hull to give stability are not compatible with attaining great speed. Indeed, the more one tries to make a stiff, able hull the less speed will be attained, even if corresponding additions are made to the sail.

So then, there are two important principles of speed which constantly work against each other. If we increase the power to get more speed we must increase the stability of the hull correspondingly. An increased hull has more resistance, both from sectional area and surface friction. So what we would fain gain one way we needs must lose in the other.

Well, a boat must have width, and the wider she is, generally speaking, the more stable she will be. But a wide boat cannot have great speed, apply what power you will to her, so the next thing that is to be done is to decrease the sectional area and in a measure retain stability; the boat would have power to lift at a distance each side of the keel, where it would do great work. I kept on following this principle, getting the keel higher and higher, until by and by the keel came out of the water, when, lo and behold! there was the double boat!

Nothing else to be done but take a saw and split her in two, spread it apart a little way, and cover all with a deck, and there you are! That was the rough road which I traveled, and having arrived thus far I abandoned my ill-shaped hulls, and in their place substituted two long, narrow, very light boats and connected them at the bow, stern and middle. The boats (hulls) must be far enough apart, so that the water which they displace in moving will not crowd against them on the inside.”
Lo and behold, the catamaran! The result of Nathaniel Herreschoff’s thinking was the 36ft catamaran ‘Amaryllis’, which roundly beat all comers in her first race. Sadly, she was immediately banished from the racing by her humiliated competitors, who claimed she was “neither a boat, nor a yacht”. Multihulls have struggled to gain acceptance ever since. At Le Breton Yachts, we believe that acceptance has finally arrived!  

For further information, please contact Le Breton Yachts via email, or telephone on +31 (0)655 838 06
Le Breton yachts
Sarphatipark 25 II
1073 CP Amsterdam

+31 (0)655 838 06

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