Le Breton Yachts Newsletter March 2014
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More news about the SIG80

We have been hard at work on our flagship design, the SIG80. The result is even more beautiful  than the initial concept drawings, and we have added an extra layer of detail to the cockpit and interior layout. The objective of the SIG80 is to combine outstanding performance with true luxury. The speed potential of a well designed 80ft catamaran is enormous. With one important caveat: it must be light. Every additional kilo creates a speed penalty. By specifying modern composite materials in the hulls, rig and joinery, Le Breton Yachts has created a yacht that will outperform anything currently on the market, while providing a vast saloon, five cabins, four heads and crew quarters for three, including a small mess.

The SIG80 has a number of unique features beyond its elegant lines. Sailing the boat will be exciting yet effortless and hugely enjoyable. Hydraulic systems will obviate the need for rope sheets and winches for most sailing manoeuvres, increasing safety and reducing sailing complexity. The steering positions provide the helmsman with 360 degree vision. Like a monohull’s helm station, the twin wheels are placed in a convivial cockpit, where the helmsman can be fully engaged with his or her guests. For all its luxury, the SIG80 will still be a “driver’s” boat.

The accommodation layout provides an owner’s hull to starboard, with a private owner’s apartment aft and cabins for children or close friends forward. The design offers an optional cockpit entry to the owner’s aft cabin for additional privacy and practicality. In the port hull, there are two double en-suite guest cabins aft and a galley/crew mess and a twin cabin for the crew forward. Naturally, a SIG80 can be customised to precisely meet a client’s requirements – we look forward to hearing from you and helping to realise your dream yacht. To view the interior layout, please visit the SIG80 section of the website.

We invite you to enjoy this beautiful video of the SIG80, created by Lee Waters at BlueSky CGI:

SIG45 Sport - Read on to learn more about our promotional pricing

Check out the latest addition to our line – the SIG45 Sport. The SIG45 Sport is designed to appeal to sailors looking for amazing performance with no-frills comfort. This new model will easily reach speeds into the mid-20s (kts) and will be a joy to sail. The SIG45 Sport boasts exactly the same outstanding naval architecture as the existing SIG45GT. As with the SIG45GT, the new model will have a carbon fibre structure, with glass hull skins. This light, stiff structure is an essential foundation for a performance yacht.

The SIG45 Sport will feature a raceboat-style interior which will be lighter than that of the SIG45GT. The interior will feature the same three cabin, two head layout, but the joinery will be simplified. For example, it will feature zipper doors and cuddies, instead of drawers and doors. Sail lockers and lazarettes will not be painted, but will feature a lightweight clear coat epoxy protective coating.
The SIG45 Sport will feature a slightly shorter non-rotating carbon rig and boom. As a result of the reduced mast height, sail area is reduced to 80m2 and 35m2 for the main and jib respectively. This will slightly reduce loads on deck hardware, allowing us to lighter weight componentry. Performance will be stellar relative to all other production sailing yachts currently on the market.

The SIG45 Sport have 1.4m waterline clearance at the main beam, extremely easily driven hulls, and an astonishingly smooth motion at sea. The combination of adjustable high-aspect daggerboards, and slightly oversized rudders will provide fantastic control in a range of conditions.
The sail-away price of the SIG45 Sport will be €625.000, including sails and electronics. We are offering the first four clients for the SIG45 the extraordinary price of €575.000. Don’t miss this unique opportunity – you will regret it.

A Sail Geek’s Guide: Bruno Peyron

Le Breton Yachts has been privileged to work with Bruno Peyron on the SIG45 – a truly world class yachtsman and adventurer. However, while his name is recognisable to many of us, the extent of his extraordinary sailing career is less widely known. Here are just a few highlights.

Bruno Tristan Peyron was born on 10 November 1955 in France. He fell in love with the ocean when his father, an oil-tanker captain, taught him to sail as a child. He found his goal in life: “to break every speed record on all the oceans of the world”. Clearly he was not short of ambition.

That ambition led to 27 Atlantic crossings, 11 of which were solo. Racing against his talented brother, Loick, Bruno set his first record for sailing single-handedly across the Atlantic from New York to England: 11 and a half days. His string of successes resulted in him being awarded France’s highest sporting honour in 1987 but he certainly did not rest on his laurels.

On 31 January 1993, Bruno and his small four-man crew set out aboard the 86-foot Commodore Explorer, then the world’s largest catamaran. Inspired by Jules Verne’s book Around the World in Eighty Days, their goal was to enact Phileas Fogg’s fictional journey around the world using modern technology. High-tech and large for her time, she now looks small, fragile and frighteningly exposed compared to the giants that have succeeded her.

Over the following months, the team survived southern ocean storms with freezing gale-force winds and 20 metre seas, a near capsize and crew members washed overboard. Just before rounding Cape Horn, Commodore Explorer was almost driven onto the brutal Patagonian coast by hurricane force winds, before a last-minute wind shift gave the crew the reprieve they desperately needed. On day 70, a collision with two sperm whales almost sank the boat.

Despite the setbacks, records tumbled as Commodore Explorer sped around the world: nine days to the Equator, 23 days to the Cape of Good Hope, 33 days to Australia’s Cape Leeuwin, and 53 days to Cape Horn, and an historic 507nm (816 km) in a 24-hour run. Without stopping or receiving outside assistance, they sailed more than 27,000 nautical miles, averaging 21.12 knots. On 20 April 1993 Bruno and his crew completed the course in a time of 79 days, 6 hours and 15 minutes, to win the newly created Jules Verne Trophy. Their time shattered the previous circumnavigation sailing record of 109 days set in 1990.

Bruno won his second Jules Verne Trophy in 2002, when he completed the race with a crew of 13 aboard Orange in just over 64 days. Three years later the 110ft cat Orange II circumnavigated the globe in just 50 days, 16 hours and 20 minutes.

Bruno no longer holds the RTW record – the giant VPLP-designed trimaran, Banque Populaire, skippered by his “little brother” Loick circumnavigated in just 45 days and 13 hours – but there is no doubt that Bruno Peyron has already left an indelible and inspirational mark in the annals of oceanic sailing.

Oh, and as you can see from the picture above, he thinks the SIG45 is “fantastique!”.

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

Le Breton yachts
Sarphatipark 25 II
1073 CP Amsterdam

+44 7470 167544

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