Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Michel Desjoyeaux’s new challenge

Get on board !
As soon as the boat was launched, Michel Desjoyeaux and Dassault Systèmes found a way
to invite the largest audience possible to visit their boat in 3D.

From Dassault Systems

Michel Desjoyeaux, France's most successful solo yachtsman, is impassioned not only by sailing and competition but also by technology and innovation.

At the beginning of 2010, Michel Desjoyeaux set a new challenge for himself: construct a new 60 ft monohull in order to vie for victory in the
Route du Rhum (a transatlantic solo yacht race that begins next Sunday, October 31, 2010) and the Barcelona World Race (two-handed, non-stop, round the world race starting December 31, 2010).
Although it normally takes 10 months to design this type of boat, Michel Desjoyeaux has less than 6 months to construct his new monohull and develop the technical innovations that will permit him to distance himself from his competitors.
In other words, a never-before-seen in such a short time!

Trained by Dassault Systèmes engineers, the team at Michel Desjoyeaux's engineering and design studio,
Mer Forte, was able to conceive and realize numerous innovations during the design phases and the construction of the sailboat.
This particularly allowed them to fine tune and perfect the kinematics of the keel/jack assembly.
CATIA software feature that calculates the finished elements of complex composite parts made the quick optimization and validation of major parts such as the rudder housings, the tiller system and even the boom (saving a significant amount of weight) much easier.

His love for sailing is matched by his desire to conceive and develop the boats that he sails.
Sharing this passion with the general public is a part of the challenge he has set for himself.
Click here for a 3D tour of the boat in real time

Links :

Quite real the background animated image of the Rivages2012 website
(shipyard building the new
IMOCA 60' for Bernard Stamm)

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