Tuesday, November 5, 2019

I.M.O.C.A 20-20 / Vendee Globe Race / M.Y.M.O.C.A.

- 1995 Project for the 1996-97 Vendee Globe Race. Designed with a single chine, with straight daggerboards and rotating keel, mast and wishbones.

- With just a year to go before the start of the Vendee Globe, and with the Transat Jacques Vabre under way, lets make the point as of now and for the future IMOCAs over the next 12 months. I have no access to files about the newly launched boats and therefore I will start with my own evolution with designs for this very special Class.
- Eventually, with the progress and comments going to be made, I might change my ideas to present a coherent and up to date approach to my own visions.

- Also see on this Blog.
- Voir aussi.
- Use Search to the right.

Detour to history.
Sailing and foiling.
Il n'y a qu'un pas, and foiling is here.
Starting today and for the next 3 months, The Vendee Globe Race.
Imoca: Moustache ou pas?
Imoca 60 shape and America's Cup 2013.
545.3 Miles in 24 hours. Vendee Globe 2012.

- Notes: Renderings of past winners' sail plans are by Chevalier- Tagland.

-Vendee- Globe 1996-1997. Winner: Christophe Auguin aboard Geodis. Architects Finot-Conq.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

I.O.R; R.O.R.C; C.C.A. A take from The Facebook Group.

                                                     - Above drawing.
- My first One-Tonner design. At the time when the R.O.R.C (Royal Ocean Racing Club).Rules dictated the Ocean handicap system and Offshore racing in Europe.

- In 1968, during my Military Service, obligatory at the time, I was fortunate enough to be detached from the Bataillon de Joinville, and able to join A.F.C.A (Association Francaise pour la Coupe America). Balancing my time between sailing 12 Metre, working for A. Mauric and  Britton Chance; tank testing a string of 12M. - From a design point of view and the highlight at the office, was for me to reproduce Intrepid, the S&S America's Cup winner from 2000 photos and the rating certificate.
- In my spare time, I designed several boats including this One Tonner, heavily influenced by a drafting method developed by A. Mauric, before computers of course. Also by the development Class of the 5.5 Metre. Compared to Tina, the boat is more conservative with her deadrise, balanced hull lines and other features.
                                         - But, before all of this; came the One-Tonner Tina.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

American Shipyard. Newport, Rhode Island is changing hands.

- October 2019.
                               Safe Harbor Marina acquires 85th. Marina; the American Shipyard.

- The M/V fleet.

- In the same direction!

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

De retour au bercail; a Lobster Yacht.

- What goes around, comes around.

- A good friend of mine purchased this "lobster yacht".
- Sold a few years ago, the boat has a history that you can follow in the article I wrote during her conception. - Good to have her back, she is a good one and being registered again in Newport, Rhode Island.

Sunday, July 28, 2019

R.I.P Jeremy McGeary.

- "Mac", a good man recently passed away. Too young to be dead at 71 years of age.

- Mac, as he preferred to be referred to, was an encyclopedia of knowledge in all directions. From discussing Fifth Elements to boats and everything in between.

- As a yacht Designer, Mac worked for Pedrick Yacht Design, Rodger Martin Design before returning to his native place in England to become chief designer at Camper & Nicholsons.
Returning to the US, Mac worked part-time for a couple of years at Tanton Yacht Design. Always subdued, simple, honest and brilliant. Especially good at details, he helped me to complete all aspects of several notable yacht designs.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Old fashion but good! The Modern.Bristol.Channel.Cutter Story.

- Once in awhile, classic boat plans are sold.
- And what makes people buy older fashion sailboats in the first place?
Nostalgia comes to mind. The liking to old things; be antique furniture, houses or cars. Boats are in a similar situation.
Beauty? Considering the limitless of boat shapes, rig and purpose somethings must tickle the senses.
Such is the case for a series of sailboat designs that have given birth to the Modern Bristol Channel Cutters; MBCC.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Brokerage. Rachel. J. Slocum, 50' schooner. And more Tanton's boats for sale.

                                                                 -In the Market. We a recent price reduction.

-Funny how things are. After publishing the see below Post about Sea anchor, Heaving-to and Drogue, it came to my attention that the actual boat is now for sale.

-Described as a unique vessel, she sure is. The reading of this schooner on, by D. W. Yachts, is what you need to know and I can help you fill the blanks as a co-Broker when you contact me personally. Full large scale plans will be made available to the Buyer.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Another Season is Starting; checking on SightSailing.

Once in Newport, you owe to yourself to be on the water.
Many companies offer Charters; from 12 M, the Schooners Madeleine, Adirondack and being a little biased, the Sight Sailing of Newport with Aquidneck.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Sea anchor, heaving-to and drogue aboard Rachel Slocum.

- Source:

- The 2018 Golden Globe Race. Started on July 1st in les Sable D'Olonne, France.
Forum: Ocean Racing Anarchy.
The 2018 Golden Globe Race. Pages 33-34 and others.

- I have no experience with Drogue, never had to use one.
If you read through the above caption on S.A, you get an idea of what it is.
- So, I thought to share the experience of one of my clients writing to me about his own sailing and tribulation with the drogue object in question; it is an interesting take.

- The following is from B.P.  Privacy is a concern, except that he is a very well known author. Including about his latest book about the Chappaquiddick incident. " Chappaquiddick Speaks".

- Back to the subject.
- South-Pacific, his integral letter follows.

- " I am sure this letter comes as a surprise, but I've got a lot of time on my hands and thought I'd drop you a line. I'm writing this at 37deg. S. Latitude, 140deg. W longitude about a week out of Pitcairn Island  (if the storm coming along in the next few hours doesn' do me in, and the umpteen ones rolling in behind it).  Two weeks or so far from the Chatams, which are a small group of islands about 450 miles southeast of New Zealand.
The weather has been mostly miserable, with the wind almost constantly out of the north. that seems to be a problem in the Southern Ocean.

- My own note: the letter will read like a novel.  So have the patience for me to copy. (to be continued). Meantime, the news that prompted this segment in the Blog.

Caption: Quote Day 158 Update on Susie Goodall rescue.
_"British woman Susie Goodall remains safe and secure aboard her yacht DHL. Starlight after being pitchpoled and dismasted in the Southern Ocean some 2000 miles West of Cape Horn yesterday...."

Friday, April 19, 2019


-Well! I  took a breather and have neglected the Blog for what seems to be quite a while. No specific reasons, just a time out and maybe for reflections on many subjects and not necessarily having anything to do with my professional life which is Yacht Design and for which tantonyachtdesign. blogspot .com is all about after all.