With 27,000 boats produced over the course of four decades, First is a name that has now spanned several generations of sailors and regattas. Busy with its developments elsewhere since the year 2010, the world’s number 1 in yachting had kind of left the line to one side, that was before they decided a relaunch was due.
The boat building facility in Vannes a subsidiary of the Carboman Group wants to build an Imoca for the upcoming edition of The Ocean Race.
With two Ultimes currently in build (Macif and Banque Populaire) and four new Imoca (Charal, Arkéa Paprec and Apivia, already recently launched as well as the new Corum to come), the CDK Technologies yard is on the crest of a wave during this pre-Vendée Globe year. We pressed for the chance to speak with CDK’s managing director, a very discrete Philippe Facque.
It is quite a specific segment of the yachting market but right now it is a dynamic, flourishing niche that is igniting the interest and passions of sailors, and stimulating the appetites of boatbuilders to develop new designs. The phenomenon is now being well served by French based J Composites. In 2018 the team, under Didier Le Moal, which has been building J/Boats udner licence in the Vendée for almost 25 years, alerted the well known Johnstone family, originators of J/Boats to the trend…..
It is one of the unofficial rankings of the Solitaire Urgo Le Figaro, but it is highly prized and keenly observed and there is a commercial benefit. Whose sails are working, whose sails are winning? This year one brand has dominated the 50th edition of the summer classic that has held us all in suspense through this month…