Le Breton Yachts Newsletter August 2013
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Le Breton Yachts’ SIG range to be built in partnership with Southern Nautical Composites

Following a global search, we are delighted to have reached an agreement with Southern Nautical Composites (SNC) to build the SIG range in St Francis Bay, South Africa. In SNC we have identified a yard which will build SIG yachts to extremely high quality at a competitive price. With extensive composite, systems and catamaran experience, SNC boasts the ideal credentials to build the SIG range. The yard is currently completing its third high performance 60ft catamaran (TAG60). The quality of its work, cosmetically and below the surface (composites, electronics, hydraulics), is exemplary.

Visit Le Breton Yachts at the Cannes Boatshow 2013

Come and visit us at the Festival de la Plaisance de Cannes, 10-15 September 2013 Stand QSP-057. We’ll have lots of interesting news about SNC, our SIG45, SIG60 and SIG80. For more information click here.
Festival de la Plaisance de Cannes

The Le Breton Yachts team with their 2012 Editors' Choice "Most innovative new sailboat" award
Team Le Breton Yachts with award
From left to right, Gregor Vlasblom (marketing and sales), Abram Schermer (business development) and Hugo Le Breton (founder and designer). Bernard Haerri, our technical director, could unfortunately not be with us, but he will be introduced soon.

We are delighted to share a little more about the Editors’ Choice award, which we won earlier this year. And it gives us a chance to introduce some of the members of the Le Breton Yachts team with the prize, shown in the picture above. This is what the judging panel (comprising editors of leading US yachting magazines) had to say when it awarded the SIG45 the title of “Most innovative new sailboat of 2012”: "You have to admire Hugo Le Breton for setting the bar high with his new SIG45. His goal was simple and ambitious: to combine the high-performance design element of an ocean-racing multihull with the style of a contemporary cruising monohull. The result is a 45-foot racer/cruiser that comfortably accommodates six and can hit top speeds of over 20 knots. The SIG45 features low-drag bows, carbon-fibre spars and bulkheads, a self tacking jib and almost 1,400 square feet of sail area." As Hugo says, "This award is a great honour, and it reinforces our conviction that we have achieved what we set out to do: namely, to create a new niche in the sailing boat market by offering extraordinary performance, elegance and comfort". The SIG60 and SIG80 share many of the innovative qualities of their little sister, and we hope they will be similarly well received by sailors and the media.

SIG45 "Vamonos!" in San Francisco

Check out this video of SIG45 "Vamonos!" blasting around San Francisco Bay. Footage is of the boat reaching with one reef in the main and Code 0, 20-25 knots of wind. Top speed of the day just over 27 knots. Enjoy!

Monohull news: Gregor is on a roll by winning the Swan45 Worlds and Farr40 North American Championship!!

Last month was very successful for our marketing man, Gregor. In just two weeks, Gregor sailed in two very competitive events. In the first week he was a crew member onboard Samantaga-Duvel, which won the Swan45 World Championship in Cowes, UK. The following week he joined Nico Poons' Team Charisma, which won the Farr40 Rolex North American Championship in Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, MA. Next stop: the Farr40 Worlds in Newport RI, August 23-26.
As Gregor says: “We are big fans of the Swan45 at Le Breton Yachts and it was interesting to sail a SIG45 and Swan45 in close succession. The concepts of these two 45fters are actually very similar – both aim for about a 60:40 compromise between performance and comfort. Both have distinctive elegant lines, flush decks, accommodate six comfortably, and are built to very high quality. But 21st century construction techniques and a catamaran platform do mean that the SIG45 can sail literally twice as fast as the Swan with a much smaller crew.”
Swan45 Worlds 2013Rolex Farr40 North American Championship 2013 

A Sail Geek’s Guide: Cats in the America's cup – There’s nothing new under the sun!

Did you know that the current America’s Cup is not the first time that wing-sailed catamarans have been used on the AC race course? In fact, unbeknown to many, the first time the AC saw such extreme beasts was in 1988. And it is certainly not the first time that the courts have played a big role in the Cup…
In 1987, Dennis Conner won the America's Cup for the San Diego Yacht Club. Yet, just months later, New Zealand banker Michael Fay issued a Notice of Challenge from the Mercury Bay Boating Club of New Zealand based on a strict reading of the Deed of Gift – the first hostile Deed of Gift challenge. It stipulated that competing boats would be defined only by the details of the Deed, namely single-masted yachts no more than 90 ft (27 m) at the waterline, and that the race would be held the following year (1988). He proposed to bring a 90-foot racing yacht for his challenge boat.

The San Diego Yacht Club, which wanted to continue running the Cup regatta in 12-Metre yachts, initially rejected Fay's challenge out of hand. Fay then took the dispute to the New York State Supreme Court, which declared the challenge valid and instructed the San Diego Yacht Club to meet the challenge on the water, brushing aside the twenty-one 12-Metre syndicates that had declared their intention of racing in a 1991 America's Cup regatta.

The unconventional challenge was met with an unconventional response. As the challenge used the original Deed of Gift as its basis, there were no explicit class or design requirements other than that the boat was to be 90 feet (27 m) or less at the waterline if it had one mast. Thus the San Diego Yacht Club and the Sail America Foundation chose the assuredly faster multi-hull design.

In May 1988 the Cup returned to the courts with Fay seeking a court ruling that the catamaran was an invalid defender. The court instead ruled that the Cup should be contested on the water, and any further legal action should be delayed until after the race.

Unsurprisingly, the catamaran was a run-away winner. The Stars and Stripes cat reached speeds of 15 knots in the 5-6 knot winds on the racecourse off Point Loma.  The Americans beat the comparatively ponderous New Zealand monohull by two of the widest margins ever recorded--18 minutes, 15 seconds in the first race of the best-of-three series and 21 minutes,10 seconds in the second race. And that despite being accused of deliberately slowing the boat down (putatively to prevent an even more embarrassing walk-over, which might lead the courts to retrospectively disqualify the cat). When challenged in the press conference afterwards, Dennis Conner famously quipped: “I’m sailing a cat. Somebody else was sailing a dog…!” Click here to see the film!

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