Farr Yacht Design
November 20, 2007
Annapolis, MD - Farr Yacht Design (FYD) is proud to congratulate Michel Desjoyeaux, Emmanuel Le Borgne and the entire Foncia team on their well deserved victory in the 2007 Transat Jacques Vabre Race. This edition of the TJV had eight separate race leaders in the 17 strong IMOCA 60 fleet. Foncia established the race lead for the second time early on November 17th and were able to successfully defend that position to complete the course in 17 days 02 hour 37 minutes and 07 seconds.

Foncia is the second boat built to Farr Yacht Design's design number 602 and was one of six boats produced from an intense Open 60 research and design project undertaken by Farr Yacht Design in 2005/2006 with the clear goal of winning the 2008/2009 Vendee Globe Race.

Farr Yacht Design is also proud to congratulate Bernard Stamm, Tanguy Cariou, and the rest of the Cheminées Poujoulat team on their hard earned 3rd place finish. Cheminées Poujoulat, the former Virbac Paprec 1, Farr Yacht Design's design number 498 has accumulated one of the more impressive TJV race resumes with three podium finishes including two victories in three race attempts.

FYD designed Open 60's have dominated the 2007 Open 60 season with victories in the Calais Round Britain Race, the Saint Nazaire to Saint Malo Race, the Rolex Fastnet Race, and now the Transat Jacques Vabre Race, continuing to build upon the winning tradition established by our first open 60 design, Virbac Paprec 1.

With in house work nearly completed on large-scale research and design projects for the Volvo Ocean Race and GP42, Farr Yacht Design has begun to focus on third generation Open 60 development. Plans are now being formulated to combine the knowledge from two generations of Open 60's with the tools and resources assembled for Volvo Ocean Race and America's Cup projects to make another significant jump in the Open 60 class.

Farr Yacht Design is the leading sailboat design firm with a continuous record of providing superior designs for racing and cruising customers worldwide.

For more information, please contact Farr Yacht Design, Ltd. at info@farrdesign.com or T. 410 267 0780.

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