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|Location||Groix - South Brittany|
|Prints issue||LIMITED EDITION 50 prints ONLY|
|Shooting date||15 avril 2016|
Winning picture of the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image 2016
The IMOCA are demanding boats. 18 meters with large sails, they are intended to be handled by a single man and can navigate around the world in complete autonomy. But sailors always want to go faster. So the solution is to relieve the drag of the boat in the water. This is why architects have imagined drifts on the sides to relieve boats under sails. Today, it is the foils that make their apparitions. Placed on the sides, they allow the boats to lean on and lift the hull. It is quite impressive to see, for the first time, these boats moving from wave to wave.
On this image taken during an image bank realized for Safran in view of the Vendée Globe 2016, one guesses the yellow end of the right foil. The skipper Morgan Lagravière does not spare his pain, as always.
"This photo was made from an helicopter, the only way to follow these boats in windy conditions, piloted by Thierry Leygnac, accustomed to this kind of shots. After 15 minutes of flight, we arrive at the rendezvous point between Groix and Belle-Ile. Morgan Lagravière, skipper of Safran, launches his boat at full speed in a wind of 20 to 25 knots. The sun is reflected on the silver tones of the hull. Safran flies over the waves thanks to its foils. The boat passes from wave to wave two reefs in the mainsail and small gennaker. It literally seems to fly over the water with disconcerting ease. We pass downwind and a stronger wave than the others overlaps the bridge of Safran. I decide to zoom in on the cockpit, the back part of the boat, always at full speed. The wave is so voluminous that one no longer sees the cockpit or even the helmsman. The water on the top of the blue roof gives the impression of a pool that bubbles. The yellow tip of the foil completes the color palette, "explains Jean-Marie Liot.
For Morgan Lagravière, skipper of Safran, "This picture illustrates very well the image bank we made for the Vendée Globe. The boat has spent its time under water. It was also during this shooting that we reached the highest speed with 34 knots. So it's a symbolic picture."