Groupama Team France chooses Multiplast - Groupe Carboman to build the French Challenger for the 35th America's cup.
It was with great pride that, on the 4th of December at the Groupama Team France stand at the Paris Boat Show, Dominique Dubois, CEO of the Carboman Group, signed the contract to build two catamarans for the French Challenger for the 35th America's Cup, which will take place in Bermuda in 2017.
AC45 et AC50
This signature followed discussions that has started last September between Bruno Dubois, Groupama Team France General manager, and the Multiplast yard.
The production of the AC45 Turbo and the AC50 will be shared between two of the group's entities : Décision S.A. in Switzerland and Multiplast in France. For Yann Penfornis, Multiplast General manager, this offers clear benefits :
"Dividing the work between Décision S.A., which will be in charge of the beams and the pod, and Multiplast, which will build the hulls and wing elements, will allow us to optimise the planning and to ensure that the finished articles are of the very highest quality. Also, having a partner inside the Carboman group with this level of experience - they are the only European yard to have won the America's cup, which they did with Alinghi twice -is a real asset. "
This project will also utilize the invaluable experience that was accrued during the build of the Groupama Class C catamaran, which twice won the World Championship. One particular process, used on during this past project and set to be repeated for the America's Cup boats, optimises the weight and the orientation of the carbon layers at a place that would normally give no option for a similar manual operation.
Taking on the top international teams...
Franck Cammas, boat skipper, is more than well acquainted with the Multiplast yard, having already worked with the team to build Groupama 3, Groupama 4 and Groupama C. Talking about this new project, he said :
"Like a lot of french suppliers, this yard has developped the sort of great expertise that Groupama Team France needs if we are to confront the very best international teams in the America's Cup, which is not only the most prestigious race in the world, but also the most challenging. Our shared objective is to achieve a result that will see us powerful in every sector, strong across the board and sailing on a boat that is both reliable and capable of the highest performance."
Club Team France
Dominique Dubois has also signed the confirmation that the Carboman Group has become a member of "Club Team France pour la Coupe de l'America". For Carboman, being a founding member alongside other notable French companies was important, confirming as it does the team's complete dedication to the project. Dominique Dubois said :
"To sign this contract few days after Franck's accident is a symbol of Groupama Team France's willingness to complete the challenge. The Carboman Group will place its know-how at the service of Franck and his team in order for them to sail knowing that they can have complete confidence in their machine. We are very much looking foward to going on this journey with them."
Plus d'information :
Yann Penfornis + 33 6 12 05 86 97