VPLP Class 40 ‘Black Pepper’...

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VPLP Class 40 ‘Black Pepper’...

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She will be built at Chantier Naval de Larros in Bordeaux.

MARCH 2011

French design studio VPLP (Van Peteghem-Lauriot Prévost) has developed a Class 40 offshore monohull design for the next Transat Jacques Vabre, which starts on October 30. Called Black Pepper, she will be built at Chantier Naval de Larros in Bordeaux.
“We’ve been wanting to see what we could do in Class 40 for some time,” says Vincent Lauriot-Prévost. “The Class 40 is very interesting. It’s a dynamic class with lots of design freedom, which is very motivating for our team of young designers.”
The firm’s Quentin Lucet, one of the design team, explains the challenges. “We have worked very hard,” he says, “essentially on three main aspects: optimizing the design with regards to the constraints of the rules, studying hull and studying the roof geometry associated to the performance of the sail plan... Even if our Class 40 obviously draws inspiration from our latest designs in the IMOCA, the Class 40 rules is such that this boat cannot be a small IMOCA. To design her, we had to develop in-house specific tools... Despite the Class 40’s reputation for downwind performance, we have put a lot of thought into delivering suitable upwind behaviour; for instance, note her very narrow roof, which will allow optimum foresail sheeting angles.”
Vincent Lauriot-Prévost says the weight prescribed by the rule has been kept to a minimum and stiffness to a maximum.

Basic Spec – VPLP-designed Class 40 Black Pepper...
LOA: 12.2m (40ft)
Max Beam: 4.5m (14ft 9in)
Displacement: 4.5 tonnes (9,900lbs)
Sail Areas:
Mainsail 65m² (700ft²)
Solent 50m² (538ft²)
Staysail 30m² (323ft²)

For more, www.vplp.fr

© Phil Draper