M30 version 2.0

Mycket på gång för gamla M30 (“the boat formerly known as Mumm 30”). Först och främst skall man byta namn. Hetaste tipset är så klart Farr 30 (båtägare röstar här).

Massor av båtar finns i Frankrike och används under Tour de France a la Voile. Men till 2011 skall man ersätta M30 med någon nytt. Det har ju spekulerats om lite olika ersättare, men nu blir det designtävling. Nya båten skall vara 3 meter bred och ha asymmetriskt på peke. Hela upplägget nedan.

Men… då lär man kunna snappa upp en hög med båtar billigt. Skulle bli mycket förvånad om inte antalet båtar här i Sverige dubblades på kort tid. Är man sugen snackar man nog med Patrick på Rail Runners.

A committee lead by William Borel: Sailing Director of the Tour de France a la Voile, met in Saint-Tropez on the 3rd of November to define the specifications of the boat that will succeed the M30 for the 2011 edition. Participating on the committee were renowned skippers Bertrand Pacé, Daniel Souben, Bernard Mallaret and Dimitri Deruelle.

All are well known for their involvement in the event, excellent knowledge of the course and previous strong performances. Other participants included two representatives from the French Sailing Federation. Philippe Gouard, National Technical Director and Marc Bouvet, Head of keelboat sailing at the Federation.

10 essential characteristics were defined to ensure the new boat meets the expectations of the event and its sailors. This official announcement from the organisers of the Tour de France a la voile is addressed directly at designers and builders who envisage proposing a new boat.

The first deadline for propositions is the 31 January 2009, date by which proposals must be received by the organisers of Tour de France à la Voile *. Depending on the number of responses, a short list of maximum 3 boats will be established. To allow sufficient time to develop the projects seriously a period of at least 6 months is necessary. The final choice of the boat for 2011 will be announced at the next Tour de France à la Voile (i.e. before the 31s of July 2009).

10 essential characteristics for the Tour de France a la Voile’s new boat

The will of the Tour de France à la Voile is to retain the historic format of the event. An original blend of course racing with offshore racing up to 200 miles in length. We wish also to retain the spirit of the event where amateurs and students can compete equally with the sports elite sailors, on the same starting line in strict one design boats. The winner of the month long event should have demonstrated sporting excellence at the highest level.

1. Proposals for a new boat should respect the principals of the event as defined in the preamble. The boat must be compatible with the format of the event and therefore must be built to CE standards, minimum category B.

2. To replace the M30, the official class for the Tour de France a la Voile since 1999, the new boat will need to perform at least as well as its predecessor, in particular in light winds. It must also be constructed at least as well and suitable for competitive sailing for a period of at least 10 years. The boat should be attractive for the sailors and sponsors. Performance should be the priority in design combined with a modern look (hull and sail plan).

3. The dimensions of the monohull will be above all defined by the maximum beam, which should not exceed 3 metres. This simplifies the procedures for land transport, by avoiding dimensions that are subject to exceptional convoy regulations. The project should also take into account maximum weight, length and height when the boat is being trailed behind a vehicle. The boat should be fitted with a central lifting point for launch and recovery. Designers should consider the difficulty of entering smaller ports when deciding on the length of the keel. The boat should have only one rudder, fitted and aligned with bearings. The decision to leave the choice of the hull length open, is to allow designers to express their creativity in their final design.

4. The number of crew for the Tour de France a la Voile’s new boat will be limited by the maximum crew weight, which should not exceed 470 kg (5 or 6 crew).

5. The boats rig should include a carbon mast with swept back spreaders and backstay, but no runners. The spinnaker should be asymmetric on a retractable bowsprit.
The number of sails should not exceed 3 headsails, 2 spinnakers, 1 mainsail and 1 storm jib.

6. The proposals should consider that the organisers wish to control the level stacking during the event, so solutions should be incorporated in the design of the hull interior (e.g. there should be room for security equipment and anchors to be stored in compartments and fixed in position with lead sealing cables. The life raft should be stored in a dedicated compartment on the deck).

7. The boats should have an inboard diesel motor of at least 18 to 20 horsepower with a sail-drive transmission. The capacity of the fuel tank should be sufficient to cover 120 miles under motor. The quantity of fuel in the tank should be easily calculated for measurement purposes. The motor should be protected by a watertight and insulated housing. The electrical system should be suitable for the addition of antennas, positioning systems and video equipment.

8. Only projects associated with a designer capable of following the evolution of the boat over time, and a builder who can ensure quality production at a reasonable price, over a period of at least 10 years, will be considered. Projects will need to present their commercial plan for the growth of fleets in both France and internationally.

9. Designers and builders should clearly define how they intend to ensure consistent one design boats during construction and whilst racing. The builder should provide details of the construction method and the controls in place to ensure consistent weight distribution and accurate measurement.

10. The complete boat should be sold with a road trailer that is fitted with storage boxes for equipment and sails. The price of the boat (delivered in France) without sails and electronics should not exceed 120,000 Euros before taxes.

*Projects wishing to tender should do so before the 31st of January 2009: Tour de France à la Voile, attention William Borel, 12 rue Mozart, 92587. Clichy cedex. France. email : william.borel@editions-lariviere.fr