Vendée Globe 2012-2013: HDS takes first three places
Monday, 04 February 2013
The Brest-based company was involved in the structural design of the hulls of sailboats Macif, winner with François Gabart, and Banque Populaire, second with Armel Le Cléac’h. HDS also worked on Alex Thomson Hugo Boss’ mast, whom finished on the third place.
It’s a clean sweep. The first three sailboats of the Vendée Globe 2012-2013 all owe part of their performance to the expertise of HDS’ engineers.
The hulls of sailboats Macif and Banque Populaire proved remarkably robust
Working with naval architects VPLP & Verdier, CDK Technologies shipyard and Mer Forte design office, HDS was able to define and meet the specified requirements by performing structural calculations for the carbon sandwich hulls of Macif and Banque Populaire.
“Expectations were high”, says HDS’ CEO, Hervé Devaux. “We worked on very high robustness criteria and this gave the skippers enough confidence to push the limits of their boats.” According to engineer Sébastien Guého: “the hulls of both IMOCA’s were in perfect condition upon arrival at the Sables d’Olonne (Vendée, France) despite a very tough race.”
The mast of Hugo Boss
Taking third place, Hugo Boss was faster than Foncia, winner of the Vendée Globe 2008-2009. HDS was successful in upgrading the mast and boom of this older generation monohull built in 2007.
Strong involvement in ocean racing
Created in 1994 and located in Brest, HDS employs a dozen highly qualified engineers and is deeply involved in ocean racing. The company has worked on almost all the sailboats that have won the Vendée Globe and has performed structural calculations for large multihulls such as Groupama 3 and Banque Populaire V. It was also involved in the design of the Mod70s. After working on Oracle Racing, the hard wing sail trimaran that won the America’s Cup in 2010, Hervé Devaux has been working for the past year on the maxi cat AC72 of Artemis Racing, the Swedish challenger in the America’s Cup 2013.
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Last Updated ( Monday, 04 February 2013 )