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    THE BIG REVEAL: Greeted by sunshine, rain and rainbows, 11th Hour Racing Team's IMOCA 60 rolled out of the shed CDK Technologies for the first time today.

    Today marks a significant milestone for 11th Hour Racing Team as our new boat was rolled out of the shed at CDK Technologies. All pix from Amory Ross/11th Hour Racing Team.

    images ©Ben Bireau / 11th Hour Racing & Photo by Amory Ross / 11th Hour Racing

    Concarneau, France (August 9, 2021)

    After 24 months of research, development, and construction, 11th Hour Racing Team has unveiled its new IMOCA 60, the first of a new era of boats designed to compete in fully crewed, short-handed and solo offshore sailboat races.

    A product of Guillaume Verdier’s design studio and built at CDK Technologies in the home of offshore yacht racing in Brittany, France, the new IMOCA 60 blends sporting performance with sustainable construction practices, and state-of-the-art boat building technology.

    The hull was rolled out of CDK Technologies’ build shed in Port-la-Fôret, France on Saturday August 7 and will head to MerConcept in Concarneau for its foils to be fitted along with other final touches. The boat’s colorful design, created in collaboration with two of Italy’s leading designers - Marco and Stefano Van Orton - and France’s Jean-Baptiste Epron - will be unveiled in full when the boat sails for the first time at the end of August.

    Where IMOCA 60s are traditionally designed for the typical downwind course of the solo Vendée Globe, the 11th Hour Racing Team boat has been optimized for the broader range of conditions expected in The Ocean Race, which will cross the equator four times in the 2022-23 edition.

    Featuring an entirely closed cockpit design, the new IMOCA 60 allows up to five sailors to live and work under the protection of its cover for the majority of time spent offshore. Thanks to its innovative shape, the cockpit provides near-360 degree visibility, further enhanced via a refined auto-pilot, navigation system, cameras, and marine mammal deterrence system.

    Also to be revealed in the coming weeks will be the culmination of two years - and several iterations - of foil design, tested both in the simulator and on the team’s first IMOCA 60, known as 11.1.

    Two years in the making, 11th Hour Racing's IMOCA 60 finally rolls out of the shed at CDK Technologies. Greeted with sunshine, rain, and rainbows,
    the boat was moved onto the keel before she heads over to MerConcept to have the foils fitted and final touches applied.

    All �� eyes on our new IMOCA!
    Two years in the making, 11th Hour Racing’s IMOCA 60 finally rolls out of the shed from which it was born. The evolution of a downwind, singlehanded class,
    1.2 is a significant step forward for sustainable boat building and is the result of a crewed sailing program that tested and trialed, extensively, in the pursuit of a product that’s ready to do it all.

    Striving to inspire action within the marine industry and beyond, the new 11th Hour Racing Team IMOCA 60 is seeking to set a benchmark for boat building innovations by utilizing alternative materials like flax for hatches, interior and deck panels, and implementing sustainable practices including stakeholder working groups and supply chain engagement, along with a highly analytical life cycle approach while supporting the creation of new IMOCA Class sustainability rules.

    Skipper Charlie Enright was excited about the launch: “We’ve designed a version of the IMOCA 60 that no one has ever built before. Our boat should be able to withstand the toughest conditions in the most remote corners of the world, but is also able to compete in various shorthanded configurations. To build an all-around-performer like this, we have worked with the best in the trade: Guillaume Verdier as the lead naval architect, the technical and performance experts at MerConcept, and the build team at CDK Technologies. Running this project during a global pandemic was definitely a challenge, however, one constant never changed: putting sustainability at the center of the whole process.”

    Damian Foxall, Sustainability Program Manager at 11th Hour Racing Team, explained more about this sustainability-first approach: “You can’t manage what you can’t measure - and what you can’t measure, can’t be improved. This is why we have executed a full Life Cycle Assessment over the course of the build process, in order to determine the environmental impact of the different components and procedures. Based on this evidence, we can work out different ways to reduce our impact, such as substituting highly-polluting materials with new alternatives, reducing single-use elements, optimizing our supply chain and internal operations, and refining the boat’s actual shape to make it more energy-efficient.

    “Sharing our findings with the rest of the industry, from boat builders to sailors to race organizers, is an essential part of our mission, in order to inform the future and push the paradigm shift we urgently need. We have only 8 years left to meet the requirements of the Paris Agreement to reduce our impact by 50%. Business as usual is no longer an option.”

    Durability has been a crucial factor in reducing the IMOCA 60’s overall footprint without compromising on performance and safety. Adaptable to both short-handed and fully-crewed racing, the boat in its current setup has been optimized to race with up to five sailors. The boat’s race schedule includes the upcoming Défi Azimut (raced double-handed with a non-sailing onboard media crew member), the Transat Jacques Vabre (double-handed), and The Ocean Race 2022-23 (four sailors and one sailing onboard media crew member).

    “Winning The Ocean Race is our ultimate goal,” said Mark Towill, CEO of 11th Hour Racing Team. “These past months have been a huge collaborative effort, connecting a multitude of different stakeholders across the globe to build a boat that is completely different from what this Class has known so far. We are challenging the status quo and aiming to do it as sustainably as possible and sharing these learnings with the wider marine community. We are all extremely proud to see the boat leave the shed and are incredibly grateful to everyone for their hard work.”

    Supported by sponsor 11th Hour Racing, the Team is looking to inspire other teams, race organizers and marine businesses to take action by starting their own sustainability journey. "The marine environment is harsher than any other, even outer space; the salt, wind, sun, and incredible force of water work to corrode, break down, or tear apart everything onboard," noted Jeremy Pochman, co-founder and CEO, 11th Hour Racing. "If the sustainable materials used in building the Team's new IMOCA can survive these conditions, then it's clear we can use such materials in less demanding boats, and the advances could ripple out through other industries that deal with far less harsh environments. This is a remarkable milestone as we work to change the narrative around sustainability in the marine and maritime industries, and in everyday life."

    Leading up to the new boat’s naming ceremony scheduled for September 13, 11th Hour Racing Team will release a series of content features, including videos and photos, giving detailed insight into the new IMOCA 60’s unique design, artwork, and innovation processes.

    Notes to Editors - Build team detail:

    Guillaume Verdier is one of the most prolific naval architects in the sport with America’s Cup winners and Ultime record-breakers to his name and was involved in the design of four of the last six IMOCA 60 Vendée Globe winners. Verdier brings together the very best minds in the offshore sailing world to work collaboratively across all areas from structural design to routing, and engineering to computational fluid dynamics.

    The strategic partner for the technical and performance aspects of the new boat build is MerConcept, led by offshore racing veteran François Gabart who won the Vendée Globe in 2012. MerConcept, an Entreprise à Mission [purpose-led company] more recently led the build of Apivia – the latest generation foiling IMOCA, which achieved line honours in the last Vendée Globe skippered by Charlie Dalin. A group of nearly a dozen engineers, designers and analysts have worked on the analytics and data for the performance analysis of the new design.

    CDK Technologies, based out of Lorient and Port-la-Forêt, France, have constructed many of the leading offshore sailing boats in the sport, including the last three winners of the Vendée Globe and the largest racing trimaran ever built, the Maxi Banque Populaire V.
    Last edited by Photoboy; 08-09-2021, 01:39 PM.
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  • #2
    11.2 Gets Wet

    Splash down! We're racking up the milestones this week with our new boat. Our #imoca60 11.2 hit the water for the first time yesterday.
    Next stop - Concarneau, where we'll haul her out at MerConcept for the final work before sailing.

    images©Amory Ross / 11th Hour Racing

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    • #3
      Yellow Submarine-ish Artwork For 11th Hour Racing

      Since its earliest days, humankind has been intrigued by the power of pictures. The colorful forms and figures our ancestors painted on cave walls are the most ancient storybooks in history, our first works of art. Over millennia, they have passed on tales and traditions, without the use of a single word.

      A lot has changed for humanity and the planet hosting us since then. Still, storytelling through art is as relevant as ever.

      Professional offshore sailing team, 11th Hour Racing Team, based out of Newport, Rhode Island, USA, has an important story to tell. Its main character: the ocean, its beauty, and its delicate health.

      Supported by title sponsor 11th Hour Racing, an organization dedicated to protecting and restoring marine environments, the sailing team has decided to skip a thousand words and use our species’ most ancient technique to tell this story: a picture. Their canvas: their 60-foot IMOCA race boat, recently unveiled and set to race around the world raising awareness around ocean health.

      11th Hour Racing’s Communications Director, Alessandra Ghezzi explained: “We work with sports and philanthropy to inspire solutions for the ocean. Competing at the biggest offshore races that attract millions of spectators worldwide, 11th Hour Racing Team is a unique opportunity for us to engage with a vast audience. The team’s biggest asset is its new boat, so we decided to embed our values through unique and artistic branding, aiming to inspire, inform, and engage people to take action and leave a positive impact on the environment.”

      To bring the team’s central message “What’s below the surface connects us all” to life, 11th Hour Racing partnered with Italian artists Van Orton Design and French yacht design specialist Jean-Baptiste Epron. While the latter brought in decades of technical knowledge on how to apply a design to the angles of a race boat, the Van Orton twins, Stefano and Marco Schiavon, interpreted the theme through their signature style they define as ‘Gothic-pop’, which has already seduced the likes of Disney, ESPN, and Pearl Jam.

      With a surface of over 1600 sq ft (151 m2) and height of almost 80 ft (27 m) on its mainsail, as well as 60 ft (18 m) in hull length, 11th Hour Racing Team’s IMOCA 60 is Van Orton Design’s ‘largest’ project to-date. Marco Schiavon emphasized: “We come from the digital world and were extremely intrigued by the idea of a computer-made illustration taking on such a large size. What stimulated us even more was being involved in a project that embraces the natural world and the possibility to make a small contribution to the team’s cause for ocean preservation.”

      Playing with the symbolic ‘11’ and the 12 dots of the 11th Hour Racing logo, representing a ticking clock in the race for climate action, the duo incorporated marine animals and natural elements such as bubbles and waves to create an engaging design. Focusing on the positive associations and the emotional ties people can have with the marine universe, cheerful colors are another significant element to the artwork.

      Marco Schiavon described their color scheme: “We love things bright and bold, and feel the colors make the artwork we created for 11th Hour Racing Team very impactful and fresh. They also highlight the positive, hopeful message that 11th Hour Racing wants to spread. In addition to the palette we usually use, we used a lot of blue hues as well as the team’s signature color of vivid orange.”

      Rob MacMillan, co-founder and president of 11th Hour Racing, shared his vision for the IMOCA 60: “We wanted to create something inspiring and significantly different from other boat designs. Triggering emotional responses and establishing a real connection with the ocean is the basis when engaging people with our cause for the environment, which is the main focus for our sponsorship.”

      Communications Director Alessandra Ghezzi elaborated further: “We aspired to a look and feel that’s inclusive and hopeful. While acknowledging the urgency to act on climate change, we looked to paint a picture that focuses on the ocean’s fragile yet majestic beauty. Each individual has a different connection to it, and we look forward to inspiring as many people as possible to explore their unique interpretation of What’s below the surface connects us all and what the ocean means to them.”

      Below the IMOCA 60’s colorful surface, state-of-the-art boat building technology and a number of sustainable construction practices add to 11th Hour Racing Team’s ambition to leave a positive impact on the environment and drive change within the marine industry. Co-skippered by Charlie Enright (USA) and Pascal Bidégorry (FRA), the boat will make a first race appearance at this year’s Défi Azimut from September 14 - 19 in Lorient, France, and then take on the iconic Transat Jacques Vabre in November from France to Martinique.
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