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    This Monday, July 4, Charal, Jeremie Beyou and his entire team are pleased to unveil Charal 2. While retaining the racy and high-performance DNA of Charal 1 , the Charal Sailing Team has set out to set up a IMOCA more seaworthy, faster, more agile…resulting in an ambitious and daring design.

    The moment is always charged with emotion, enthusiasm and draws up gratifying prospects for the future. Giving birth to a boat, which is moreover one of the most efficient in offshore racing, is the culmination of a long-term work started in November 2020 and the will also, to write with determination the next chapter of the history of Charal in offshore racing.

    More stable, spatulate, narrower and more efficient

    Already in 2018, Charal 1 foreshadowed a new era by being the first IMOCA with large foils launched. Four years and nine podiums later, with a wealth of solid experience, the Team has gone further to further improve its performance. "The reference course, the one that constantly pushes us to give the best, is the Vendee Globe " , explains Jeremie Beyou. To improve stability, behavior downwind and gain consistency, " We tried to avoid the boat sinking as much as possible, especially when the conditions are rough" .

    The teams of the Charal Sailing Team, in close collaboration with the firm Sam Manuard and external contributors, have therefore concentrated their research in order to respond to this problem. To get out of the waves more quickly, gain stability and increase average speeds, the boat wants to be even more distinctive, sleeker and both strong and clear-cut choices have been made.

    What is striking at first glance is the narrowness of the hull, the narrowest of all existing IMOCAs. The front has been designed in scow, "a rounded shape which also allows you to maintain power" emphasizes Jeremie . The center of gravity and weight distribution have also been optimized and set back as far as possible for the same purpose.

    The foils, designed in V, are more discreet and less imposing than on Charal 1 . They contribute to making the monohull "easier to sail whatever the speed and the state of the sea. The idea is to succeed in quickly extracting 100% of its potential and above all to maintain high averages in time" . By being very picky in terms of angle of incidence and profile thickness, the team worked to optimize them as much as possible. Substantial work has also been done on the rudders so that "the boat is as stable as possible" and "that it holds the road". In addition, everything has been done to purify the boat as much as possible so that the flow of water is the least restrictive possible and thus promote aerodynamics. This explains why the surface of the deck is as flat as possible, why the coachroof is minimalist and why the step is so marked. All these structural elements will make it possible to gain in performance in particularly harsh sailing conditions, those of the southern seas in particular.

    "Charal 2, the reward of collective work"

    They are about fifteen engineers, including five within the Charal Sailing Team, to have taken turns to design Charal 2. Then, more than a hundred specialists were busy building the boat, drawing and machining all the parts, almost all prototypes. “We approached 35,000 hours of design and 40,000 hours of construction ,” underlines Pierre-Francois Dargnies , technical director. "Unveiling Charal 2 is a reward and a great moment of emotion for the team and all the companies that participated in this project" , enthuses Jeremie Beyou.

    On the decoration side, an equally assertive V2

    In terms of visual identity, “Novelty in form also impacts design ,” explains Stephanie Berard-Gest, marketing director . "We reinforce our brand codes, the DNA of Charal and the 'Live strong' spirit while insisting on our constant desire to innovate and offer a sportier, more distinguished vision". By using Charal's colors – red, aluminium, black and white – the designer Nicolas Gilles has carried out substantial work on the lines in order to reaffirm the sporty character of the boat and bring it closer to the codes of motorsport.

    Launched July 11

    "I can't wait," smiles Jeremy. What is interesting is that we did not let go of the pressure. We have just completed two races on the podium (2 nd in the Guyader Bermudes 1000 Race and in the Vend?e Arctique ). So there is no downtime! ? …. An intense and collective work before the launch scheduled in Lorient on July 11th which will allow the curious to be able to admire it and Jeremie Beyou to quickly take it in hand.

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