Thomas’ boat can clearly be classified as a formula 1 car on water, his trimaran sails in perfect harmony, cutting thru the water with minimal resistance.
The 105 foot trimaran is built especially for Thomas at Boat Speed shipyard in Australia. The same wharf built B&Q for Dame Ellen Mac Arthur, who sat the record before Francis Joyon. The design comes from the well-known and merited due Nigel Irens and Benoît Cabaret. The important structural analysis done by John Level has helped ensure Thomas got the optimal weight-to-safety ratio in his search for winning speed.
The boat has been under constant improvement since delivered in 2007 in order to find the perfect trim and balance… in an never ending quest for speed. New curved dagger boards that act as hydro foils have just been added to help lift the hull clear of the water.
- Launched: June 2007
- Home port: La Trinitè Sur Mer
- Designed by: Nigel Irens / Benoît Cabaret
- Structural calculations: John Levell
- Built by: Boat Speed
- Length: 32 m (105 feet)
- Width: 16.55 m (55 feet)
- Weight: 12 tonnes
- Depth: 2,50 m
- Main sail: 240 m2
- Genoa: 158 m2
- Jib: 48 m2
- Stay sail: 93 m2
- Gennaker: 325 m2
- Max Speed: Frightening. Has measured above 40 knots