Sunday, November 6, 2016

Starting today and for the next 3 months +; the Vendee Globe Race.

- My favorite race in the whole wide world. The most challenging event for a solo person to accomplish in a lifetime; the Vendee Globe Ocean Race.

- Macif the last Vendee Globe winner. I reconstituted the lines to offer views of what the 2012 winner looks like. You can follow her track under her new name SMA

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Time of the year.

Exodus will start soon. The first of November is the date when the yacht migration to the South is beginning. The date is the cut off when the Hurricane season is officially over and when expensive insurance will actually insure you.
The video of Adix leaving Newport in advance, has a stop over in Charleston, South Carolina. This is considered coastal navigation and not offshore when the B.V.I, Antigua, St. Marteen are the destination for many of the yachts via or not Bermuda.

The second video is about the J8 Topaz, leaving Newport for Antigua. The day before her departure, I had the pleasure to be aboard for a sea trial. First time on a J since Shamrock 5 so many years ago.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Walking the Docks.

                                          After breakfast at Belle's, Sunday morning walk at the Newport Shipyard.

Saphaedra by K.Aage Nielsen Design and Bounty a replica of an L.Francis Herreshoff creation.


 Details.                                                                                                        A carbon fiber ladder.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Porto Cervo 2016.

Photo by Dominique Tanton.
Shore crew and logistics.

Hosting the Maxi Yachts Rolex Cup.
Bella Mente in a repeat' retained her Rolex Maxi 72 World Championship.
Proteus came in second, with a late sprint to beat MoMo.

From the Costa Smeralda report. Also winners are;
Open Season (Wally), WinWin.
Leopard 3 (Maxi racing).
My Song (Maxi Racing Cruising).
Atalanta 11 ( MiniMaxi racing).

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Boat of the Month. August 2016. "Black Soo".

- With only one prior Boat of the Month (March 2016) which featured a rendition of William Garden's own personal yacht, the mighty Oceanus; I came up with Gardenia, the inspiration and my interpretation of the concept for a long, lean sailing machine; a very personal thing for me.
But now we are moving on to the following project.
A light displacement sailboat, and for the source like for the Garden, based on a long past of studying yacht design. In this edition, the van de Stadt legacy. 'Black Soo".

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Lunacy (ex Star Cruiser) is for sale.

Just happened that the weekend of my Birthday July 17th, I was visiting Handy Boat, in nearby Falmouth Foreside. We took a ride on Merle's Duffy 54 and I stumbled upon Lunacy on her mooring in Portland.

To connect directly to Charles Doane the owner, please follow the link:
All information about the boat is on the site.
Below is a compilation of photos taken from the same site.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

B&R Rigging System.

On Sailing Anarchy, the topic about B&R rig surfaced. The following is what I wrote about it many moons ago.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Bermuda Race 2016


This Race is all about Comanche. But in the diversified fleet many more interesting boats.


 Black Watch below.

Spirit of Bermuda.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Friday, May 6, 2016

Swing Keel.

- A while ago, I wrote on this Tanton's Blog about keels called Keel, keel, and keels. (3/10/15. A modest overview over the appendage fitted to sailboats to achieve stability, direction and to fight going sideways.

- I will leave the centreboard for cruising boats aside for a while. Very popular in France, built by a few shipyards and in aluminum, the model is known as "deriveur integral". True centreboarder often ballasted, the raised board is totally integrated within the shape of the hull.

- The Swing keel is always outside the body, in a retracted or extended position, whether up or down and with only its articulation inside the hull. The keel shape results in a high aspect ratio foil.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Built it, and they will come!

As a destination Newport and the Shipyard are hard to beat. Yachting Hub, the yard facility attracts the most beautiful and famous boats in the world. And they are starting to arrive, most of them from the Caribbean after a busy season.

The land when 100' sailboats look small. 


Talking about a busy season. Events like The Newport Yacht Charter Show, Newport Bermuda Race, Candy Store Cup, Newport Brokerage Boat Show based at the Shipyard, without forgetting all others activities brought by the New York Yacht Club, Ida Lewis and so many others venues.

One week later.
And they are coming. They are here!.

Sky is the limit.

Invasion of the right kind.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Les Voiles de St Barth. The latest.

Another job well done.
After Key West; the RORC 600; win overall IRC zero class. The St Barth Bucket with Axia.
And winner of Les Voiles de St. Barth.
Dominique: Chef/Shore support and logistics.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

And for something entirely different.

I entered a Design Competition with the Theme: a Houseboat. Sponsored by Offcenterharbor, a media attention getter  with videos and tit bits about boat stuff. I did not win and that is ok. Being published  was important and good. A few of the entrants had been built, most of the competitors presented personal visions. I had a live customer for this project and that is a very different thing. I guess I could resume by copying what someone wrote to me. " Your entry is the most complete set of plans in the whole bunch, and the easiest to build". Gratifying my goal.

Friday, April 1, 2016

IMOCA. Moustache ou pas? Clip hélico - Mono 60 Edmond de Rothschild dans la brise (30 noeuds) - VI

IMOCA. Moustache ou pas?
That is the question? At least for the way it's presented, or with something else?

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Inquiring Mind wants to know.

- January 12, 2018. Up to date. Sending a set of drawings to Turkey. The customer first contacted me in 2012. So, he is serious about actually doing her. Building a boat; any boats is a serious business. You place your life on a trajectory equivalent to go into space Time. The moment for this design started in 1998; I believe enough time to go to Mars with a return ticket. Forget the last part.

This is all about Origami/ Imagiro boats via Rhino.
I look at it as a brain exercise.
What is the most simplistic form to describe the process?
- You create a chine fore and aft of the midship section to conically develop the bow and the stern. There is no need for conventional Lines Plan and lofting. Simply follow the pattern to develop the shell. But in case you want to see what it looks like when waterlines, buttocks, and sections are projected to the shell have a look at the 2d. plan below.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Window dressing.

The Ides of March.
Sun on Sunset sets West. Surprise, surprise!
A few times when I can catch it from the office before it is to late, until tomorrow.
Sun is down, life goes on.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Boat Design of the Month. March 2016.

Regularly or not, I will introduce boats that have been very influential in my life. Having studied 55 years of yacht designs since a very young age as you can imagine, I have been all over the place and like to these days to R& D's the source and for sure coming with my own, very own interpretation and hopefully improvements that I have learnt, it seems for ever as a Professional Yacht Designer. The first one is Oceanus.
If you do not know this sailboat, you have not dug out one of the Masters; William Garden, who passed away a few years ago. A long life, a multitude of projects built in all kind of shapes and forms,
in all forms of material and with a flair attained over a life time.
Garden designed Oceanus for his own use, designed on the floor of a house he was building on his private island. The drawings developed into a  sailboat 60' long x 12' in the beam x 6'-8" draft and with a sail area of 1000 sq/ft.

Below is what I believe the first write-up about the boat inside the 1955 Yachting Magazine, with well defined intention, method and execution.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

And there is a Start.

Dominique's "Office" for a week. Chef/ shore support and logistics. Team Proteus.

The RORC 600-2016.
I have to do this race!