France. Interview with Jean-Marie Finot, naval architect for Generali Print E-mail
Wednesday, 12 April 2006
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How would you describe your meeting up Gilles Ollier again?
Although Gilles started out his career as architect within the Groupe Finot, we have always kept in contact with each other as we work in the same field, but Gilles Ollier opted to follow another path in creating a shipyard / firm of architects. Since we have been set up in Vannes – we’re now neighbours in fact – we see a lot more of each other. The Generali project was a good occasion to get together once again. Yann Elies knows the yard well too as he took part in the Orange II adventure.

What is your perception of the Multiplast yard?

The yard has the capacity to work with great efficiency and a great deal of rigour. And they have ideal technical infrastructures.

How are you going to work together?

We are naval architects. Our job involves drawing up general and structural plans. Most of our exchanges relate to this second part. We put forward samplings with given resistances. Multiplast’s experience and savoir-faire enable us to respond, if they can apply our requirements, or even improve upon them. Pascal Conq of Groupe Finot is in leading the project.

What puts Multiplast ahead of the rest?

Firstly, skipper and his crew get along well, as do the architects and the yard. Secondly, the fact that we are on the same location facilitates everything, and makes for faster decision making and better quality all round. Finally, given Multiplast’s experience, we know that we can count upon their professionalism and their highly elaborate quality control methods. If we have missed out on something, they can point it out to us so that we can set it right.

How are you going to go about building a boat which improves upon the performance of PRB, the last winner of the Vendée Globe to have been designed by you?

I think that the main discipline we require of ourselves is to design a reliable boat and to improve upon the main speed factors. In this category of open-class sailing, the measurement rules are the sea and the waves. We have concentrated on flow with Generali; first on the computer, then in the test tank. We have also kept a keen eye out on the competition and have adapted the boat to suit the way Yann Elies sails, but we have also respected what we consider to be undeniable priorities in the Vendée Globe type of event. The first thing is to make sure that man and machine can make it back to port, and thereafter focus a little on performance. Values which we have in common with Multiplast. Luck also comes into it of course – it is an integral part of success.
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