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Galileo / Maisonneuve Open 60
Galileo designed in 2003, launched 2005 in Brazil, where she was built, by the owner Walter Antunes, (winner of the catamaran division in a recent Cape to Rio Race in a Lavranos design) who project managed and funded the project himself. Much Vpp/parametric optimisation was carried out to achieve a better boat from close fetching/beating to broader reaching at all “powered up” windspeeds.

The boat carries water ballast in 3 tanks per side, usually filled (selectively) and emptied (in 3 minutes) and the 43 degree tilting keel.

Walter did the Fastnet and TJV ’05 where he was unlucky enough to break his boom. Subsequently the boat has been campaigned by the young French Sailor Jean Baptiste Dejeanty and the boat renamed Maisonneuve. She achieved 5th out of 14 Open 60’s in the Fastnet 07 with only 2007 boats (bar one exception) beating her. Similarly in the TJV 07 only new boats bar one beat her. She is entered for the Vendee Globe 08. She has been improving against much newer and better funded campaigns, so we remain optimistic!

Principal Characteristics

LOA (excl 1.8 m Prod) 18.28 meters
Beam 5.54 meters
Draught 4.50 meters
Displacement 8800 kilograms aprox
Mainsail 170 sqmeters
Code 0 190 sqmeters
Code 2 370 sqmeters

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