Le Breton Yachts Newsletter November 2012
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SIG45 Nominated for SAIL Magazine's Best Boat 2013 award
We are delighted to announce that the SIG45 has been nominated for SAIL Magazine’s prestigious “Best Boat 2013” award. The final decision will be announced shortly, so watch this space! The nomination said: “This high-performance cat is both a souped-up racing machine, with a carbon/epoxy hull and a rotating carbon rig, and a stylish family cruiser. The narrow hulls, canted daggerboards and open bridgedeck layout speak of speed; the simple, but well-appointed interior looks both attractive and comfortable..….a unique racer-cruiser multihull!”


SIG60 Animation
Work on the SIG60 design is progressing well. Lee Waters, of Blue Sky CGI, prepared this fantastic animation. The animation is best viewed with a high resolution setting.

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The SIG45 performed brilliantly during the Rolex Big Boat Series in San Francisco
SIG45 #2, ‘Vamonos!’, competed in the Rolex Big Boat Series in San Francisco this summer. Relatively light conditions during the “BBS” (as the locals call it) favoured the lighter racing boats. However, Team Vamonos! put in a solid performance, showing great consistency, winning one race and taking third place overall. Congratulations to the owner and his team, which included many of the late Tom Blackhaller’s Prosail 40 crew. As one observer noted: “Great job of beating race boats on a cruising boat. [I] was very impressed by how your boat performs on a race course...amazing!”

Flying downwind near the Golden Gate Bridge.

Windward mark rounding at speed. The crew on the foredeck is preparing to hoist the spinnaker.

Autumn Boat Shows
Le Breton Yachts announced the new SIG60 design during the Festival de la Plaisance in Cannes, France, and at the US Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Maryland. It was a pleasure to introduce visitors to our new and existing designs. We also carried out test sails on the SIG45 in the bay of Cannes. Our visitors were able to savour sailing faster than the wind, some even flying the rudder high above the water.

Le Breton Yachts’ team and stand in Cannes

The SIG45 in action at Les Voiles de St. Tropez took this beautiful photograph of the SIG45 and the stunning replica of the schooner “Atlantic” passing one another.

A Sail Geek’s Guide to the Schooner ‘Atlantic’ and the Kaiser’s Cup
In 1905, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany proposed a race across the North Atlantic and put forward a solid gold cup to be presented to the winner. Eleven boats took part, including the Kaiser's yacht ‘Hamburg’ and the schooner ‘Atlantic’, skippered by the renowned Charlie Barr. The competitors encountered strong winds, ensuring a fast passage. Atlantic won, setting a record of 12 days, 4 hours, 1 minute and 19 seconds.
Her record stood for 75 years until it was broken by the legendary Eric Tabarly, sailing the trimaran ‘Paul Ricard’ in 1980, while the monohull record stood for nearly 100 years, eventually broken in 1997 by ‘Nicorette’ (11 days 13 hours 22 minutes). However, it was the trimaran ‘Banque Populaire V’ (designed by VPLP, just like the SIG45 and SIG60), which took the crossing to a different level, smashing the record in 2009 in a time of just 3 days 15 hours 25 minutes with a average speed of 32.94 knots(!).

But what became of the “Kaiser's Cup”? The following brief obituary appeared in TIME Magazine on the 9th of April, 1934: “Died. Wilson Marshall, 64, yachtsman; after long illness; in Bridgeport, CT. Winner of a gold yachting cup in 1905 from Kaiser Wilhelm II, Mr. Marshall, during the War, gave it to the Red Cross for auctioning. Each time the highest bidder, having paid, returned the cup for further auctioning. When a series of such auctions had realized $125,000, Mr. Marshall decided to smash the cup, melt the gold for Red Cross benefit. Before an audience which included President Wilson he cracked it once [with a hammer]. The cup fell apart, turned out to be mostly pewter, worth $35.”

For further information, please contact Le Breton Yachts via email, or telephone on +31 (0)655 838 060.
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