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FOR SALE, A VENDRE AND AVAILABLE FOR CHARTER SOLD
Built at Hakes Marine in New Zealand and launched in 2007 as Ecover 3, the design of this cutting edge Open 60 benefited from a six month research and development program undertaken in partnership with the internationally renowned Wolfson Unit of Southampton University. Innovative appendage configurations, including the fitting of an interceptor system (with resultant hull drag reduction of up to 16%) were seen on a sailing yacht for the first time as a result of an un-paralleled seventh and one third scale Open 60 model test program. No expense was spared either during the construction of the yacht which was built in a female mould and featured the latest in titanium ram design, Kevlar honeycomb pre-preg carbon construction and the highest specification of hardware and equipment.
Ecover 3 was launched weeks before the start of the 2007 TJV, a race which she completed in 5th
place despite suffering significant problems with her power and electrical systems. In her next event, the 2008/2009 Vendee Globe, Mike raced with the front pack and was leading this toughest of events when the yacht was dismasted during a severe squall south of Australia.
The yacht’s first Trans-Atlantic podium finish was a third place in the 2009 Transat Jacques, in which the yacht was raced without a sponsor.
In 2010, the wind energy company Gamesa came onboard as title sponsorenabling a full re-evaluation of the design. As a result, Gamesa underwent a significant refurbishment and refit at Green Marine in the UK. Primary work undertaken included fitting tiller steering, a new cockpit and coachroof, as well as a significantly lighter Future Fibres triple spreader classic rig. As a result of these modifications Gamesa entered the 2012/2013 Vendee Globe with a very high power to weight ratio, displacing only 8032kg and with an IMOCA measured righting moment of just under 34,000 kgm, some 2000 kgm more than allowed by the rule for the latest generation of IMOCA 60s.
Gamesa finished sixth in the 2012/2013 Vendee Globe, skippered by Mike Golding to his record third Vendee finish. Mike maintains the yacht has more potential – in light of recent IMOCA rule changes and a further development of the sail wardrobe is possible.
Meticulously maintained and prepared and at the forefront of previous generation design, Gamesa is without question one of the fastest and best maintained boats available today. Bearing in mind the reshaping of the 2014 IMOCA rule -Gamesa is well capable of being developed as a major player in the 2016 Vendee Globe. With a race proven carbon keel blade and EC6 carbon rigging the boat will also be one of most economical to maintain during the coming IMOCA calendar cycle.
For sale with 40ft spares/support container
40ft High Cube workshop container and tools are available at additional cost
Designers: Owen Clarke Design/Clay Oliver
Builder: Hakes Marine
Materials: Carbon pre-preg and Kevlar honeycomb core
Length: 18.28 m
Beam: 5.65 m
Displacement: 8032 kg
Righting moment: 33,600 kgm
Sail area: up 297 m2
down 591 m2
Mast: Future Fibres 3 spreader classic rig, 2011
Boom: Future Fibres with in-built reef line locks, 2011
Standing rigging: EC6, 2012
Backstays: EC6, 2012
Forestays Future Fibres PBO, 2012
Running rigging: Blew Stoub/Lancellin, 2012
Locks: Karver, KFH8/KFH10
Furlers: Karver, KF8 continuous and 2 x single line drum KF10 (genoa and solent)
Sails: #1 Racing inventory North Sails (France) built 2011 or 2012
Mainsail 3DI with C-Tech battens
Genoa 3DI with Future Fibres anti-torque cable
Solent 3DI with Future Fibres anti-torque cable
Staysail/J3 3DI with Future Fibres anti-torque cable
ORC 3DI with Future Fibres anti-torque cable
Storm Jib Cuben with Future Fibres anti-torque cable
A2 Spi Superkote 150 – with sock
A3 Cuben with Future Fibres anti-torque cable
Code 0 3DL with Future Fibres anti-torque cable
A7 (frac) 3DL with Future Fibres anti-torque cable
Keel: Carbon fibre, design HDS, built by JMV
Hydraulics: Titanium rams, design Owen Clarke, built by Carriboni
Watermakers: 2 x PUR
Engine: Lombardini, 2011 with optimised power output for 2 x 210 Amp Balmar alternators
Saildrive/propeller: Custom lightweight low profile Sillette saildrive with Gori propeller
Batteries: Lithium, total 650 Ah
Hydro-genrators: 2 x Watt and Sea
Solar panels: @ 2sqm of custom lightweight/high power cells, as per Acciona
Performance suite: B&G
Comms: Fleet BB250, SatC (both) Thrane + Thrane), Iridium Openport, Iridium Beam, VHF
Computer: Lenovo notebook with docking station and flat screen monitor
Media system: Livewire, four cameras and editing system
Deck fittings: Many custom titanium including pulpit, all with titanium machine screws/bolts
Carbon reaching strut
Ready to race safety kit as specified and inspected for Vendee Globe 2012 including two liferafts, all EPIRBS, medical kit, grab bag, survival suit etc.
Not included in the basic race boat package is the option, for new teams for example, to buy into a considerable spares package, a fully fitted out container, demountable cradle, delivery sails and rigging. A complete boat and separate container/spare inventory is available on request. On-going race support may be negotiated as part of a supplementary package.
Gamesa is a fully 2012 rule compliant IMOCA Open 60 with significant IMOCA rule grand-fathering advantages (particularly her righting moment/power and the banned interceptor), which along with the modifications made in 2011 offset to a great extent the fact that she was launched in 2007. As Mike Golding commented in his Vendee finish interview: “In the Atlantic, Gamesa is as quick as any of the new boats,” and a tough, reliable, known entity.
Gamesa is for sale with a good deal of database, race planning, optimization/cross-over information and goodwill. This means that she is race ready and reliable from the date of purchase.
Asking price: SOLD
Lying: Southampton, UK
Inventory and description to be confirmed and subject to contract.
For more information or to register an interest please email brokerage
For videos of the yacht and her races from 2007 to present go here.