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  • Groupama Volvo 70' Launches

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    “We are now done with sketches; the boat is here in front of us,” said the team’s shore crew manager, Australian Ben Wright. “We've been working hard but won’t stop here. It actually just begins.”

    Sailors, engineers, boat builders, Groupama employees and fans all attended Groupama 4’s long-awaited launch.

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    Skipper Franck Cammas explained, "The initial schedule had to be changed due to some construction problems. Everything cannot always go as planned – we also had issues when building the first three Groupama boats. This is why I am proud of my team’s work. I would like to thank our naval architect, Juan Koujoumdjian and Groupama, without whom we wouldn’t be here!”

    Groupama’s president Jean-Luc Baucherel was also in Lorient today. “Launching our first monohull means a lot to Groupama,” he said. “We now have five years of new adventures ahead of us. We are going to face the best Anglo-Saxons teams for the next two editions of the Volvo Ocean Race."

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    "It’s new for Groupama, but we believe Franck Cammas and his crew will rank amongst the first. Following in the footsteps of Eric Tabarly, we hope to honour his memory and carry France’s colours with success. Being used to multihulls, we are now ready for a whole new style of racing.”

    The boat’s first sail should take place next Tuesday. Groupama 4 will then be christened on June 11th at the team’s base in Lorient before taking part in the Fastnet Race in England in August ~It's not the size of the website, it's how you use it! ~

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    Groupama's 1st test sail off Lorient

    © Yvan Zedda/Volvol Ocean Race

    Groupama’s brand new Volvo Open 70 went for her very first sail on Tuesday when the team commenced sea trials in Lorient. Franck Cammas’ team spent four hours at sea to test the systems.

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    “The boat has only just come out of the yard and already everything's working, which is good news, " says an enthusiastic Damian Foxall.

    Even though the boat has yet to be pushed to her full potential after just one outing, the crew have already had their first taste of what it will be like to sail aboard Groupama 4 for the entire race.

    © Yvan Zedda/Volvol Ocean Race

    We had a peak speed of 19 knots during this first sea trial,” says skipper Franck Cammas. “I'm happy with how she feels at the helm and the boat's trim. The aim of this week is above all to validate the set-up for the systems and the initial adjustments. The job list is certainly growing, but we're getting closer to the objective.”

    Groupama 4 will be out sailing virtually every day this week so the team can implement the various optimisation processes.

    © Yvan Zedda/Volvol Ocean Race ~It's not the size of the website, it's how you use it! ~