CQS (2016)

extracted from my latest collaboration with François Chevalier, who wrote:

CQS ex-Nicorette III, ex-Aapt, ex-YuuZoo, ex-Tokolosh VI, has just taken part in her first Sydney Hobart race since 2010. Nicorette III was originally designed in 2004 by Alexander Simonis & Martin Voogd with a 90 foot length. In 2016 she was redesigned and lengthened to 98 feet at the Southern Ocean Marine shipyard in Tauranga, New Zealand, under the supervision of naval architect Brett Bakewell-White. Although the original Nicorette III was already an innovator thanks to her canting keel and retractable forward canard, CQS innovates again with a few original alterations: Her reverse tumblehome bow resembles that of AC45 catamarans. Her faired shroud outriggers widen the yacht from a 4.70m beam to 7.36m. A forward centerboard and horizontal/retractable foils amidships were fitted to the yacht and the deck now features an overhanging ledge on either side of the stern, for a better righting moment when the crew is hiked. Please find detailed plans on the team's dedicated website.

In November, CQS took line honours and set a new record in the Royal Akarana Yacht Club's Round White Island Race. However, due to problems with hydraulics and foils already at the start line of the Sydney Hobart race, CQS only finished in seventh place, and 63rd overall, but seems determined to take part in the race next year.

Particulars of ship
• Sparred length: 33.70m
• Length of hull: 29.75m
• Sparred beam: 7.36m
• Beam of hull: 4.70m
• Draught: 5.90m
• Mast height: 37.50m
• Displacement: 24.5 metric tonnes
• Upwind sail area: 465sqm
• Downwind sail area: 1,110sqm
• IRC/TCC rating: 1.858
• Shipyard: Boatspeed (NZ, 2004), Southern Ocean Marine (NZ, 2016)
• Designer: Alexander Simonis & Marten Voogd (ZA/NL, 2004), Brett Bakewell-White (NZ, 2016)

With a displacement of less than 25 metric tonnnes, the new CQS is the World's lightest 100ft IRC supermaxi; Her narrow beam makes her very slippery, especially in light airs, but the resulting form stability is not enough to right the huge sail plan that she carries, so she requires a slew of "swiss army knife" appendages to perform on water.

cutaway of CQS, drawing courtesy © Brett Bakewell-White

sail plan of CQS, drawing courtesy © Brett Bakewell-White

profile of CQS, drawing courtesy © Brett Bakewell-White

general arrangement plan of CQS, drawing courtesy © Brett Bakewell-White

CQS in the 2016 CYCA Trophy–Passage Series, photograph courtesy © Andrea Francolini

CQS showing her first signs of hydraulic keelram problems at the start of the Sydney Hobart race, photograph courtesy © Lachlan Murnaghan

CQS after the start, photograph courtesy © Daniel Forster

CQS after the start

CQS enduring a slow finish up the Derwent river

Crosbie Lorimer's interview of Ludde Ingvall, owner of CQS, after arrival in Hobart

The World's fastest man

French yachtsman Thomas Coville, ever the unlucky in his past attempts to lift the singlehanded World circumnavigation outright record, is finally going to make history this Christmas aboard his fifth Sodebo (102ft VPLP trimaran, previously Geronimo, launched 2001), bar any damage, with a projected arrival date across the Lizard Point-Ushant finish line late on Christmas Day and set a new mark under 50 days—a record to stand a very long while in our view—The current record of 57 days was set in 2008 by fellow Frenchman Francis Joyon aboard the 97ft Nigels Irens / Benoît Cabaret trimaran IDEC II, a much narrower vessel. Thomas Coville's new record would set the fifth fastest time around the World, after the fully-crewed Trophée Jules Verne holders Groupama III and Banque Populaire V.
Good luck to him! Watch the finish here:
Sodebo one month before departure, photograph courtesy © Jean-Marie Liot

2015 Sydney Hobart race

In 2015 the eight-time race champion and record-holder Wild Oats was topped 12m and tailed 2m, receiving a new 14m sleeker bow to bring her whole sail plan aft by 2m.

tacking duel between 100ft IRC supermaxis Wild Oats XI (2005 Reichel/Pugh design) and Comanche (2014 VP/LP/Verdier design)

Following Wild Oats XI's retirement and centerboard damage aboard race leader Rambler 88, the similarly damaged Comanche resumed racing and came first at the Organ Pipes.

Ichi Ban (62ft 2013 Shaun Carkeek design) matched raced the whole way to Hobart with Chinese Whisper (66ft 2009 Rolf Vrolijk design, formerly Spirit of Jethou)
At the finish, Chinese Whisper pulled an hour ahead and won her class ahead of Ichi Ban and Comanche.