Juanpa Cadario: Mirabaud LX y otra temporada en busca de records

Mirabaud LX y otra temporada en busca de records

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Mirabaud LX: a record breaking season starts now

Thomas Jundt's foiling, wing masted monohull is preparing for a new season of Lake Geneva classics. First on the radical foiler's race card is the Geneva-Rolle-Geneva sprint and the defence of its record. Then comes the Bol d'Or Mirabaud.
Geneva, 7 June 2011 – Mirabaud LX will be racing to defend its record at the 47th edition of the Geneva-Rolle-Geneva Lake classic this Saturday. This sprint heralds the Bol d'Or Mirabaud which is scheduled for the following weekend.

Mirabaud LX is the only Lake Geneva foiler that has achieved its goal of winning regattas and breaking records. It is also the only foiler with a wing mast.

“For maximum performance, we must fly,” says Thomas Jundt, Mirabaud LX designer. “Our ideal wind speed would be somewhere between 10 and 15 knots. In these conditions, our new wing is extremely quick, the balance of the boat is amazing and we can point well.”

Two years ago, Mirabaud LX made the headlines by establishing a sensational new Geneva-Rolle-Geneva record of 3h43'47”. The radical foiler finished ahead of Lake Geneva's fastest monohulls, including Full Pelt owned by englishman, Jo Richards. Its exploits were discussed around the world.

Last year, Thomas Jundt and his team developed new foils and a manual trim system to further improve the experimental yacht. Their efforts were rewarded with a win at Weymouth Speed Week in the UK.

In keeping with his pioneering reputation, Thomas Jundt didn't stop there. With the 2011 record season in his sights, he developed a wing mast which we will see on the start line for the Geneva-Rolle-Geneva on Saturday. All eyes will be trained on Mirabaud LX this weekend.

Thomas Jundt will be racing the 2011 Lake Geneva classics with his usual crew: helmsman and coach Antoine Ravonel and bowman Eric Gobet.

Mirabaud LX technical specifications:

Length overall: 10m
Hull length: 8.5m
Overall beam: 5.4m
Wing surface area: 17m2
Weight of the wing: 29kg
Upwind sail area: 26m2
Downwind sail area: 49m2
Displacement: 170kg (including 25kg of foils)