Twelve boats equipped with the expertise of CDK Technologies • Live Sail Die


On November 7, 2021, 81 boats will start the 15th edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre. Created in 1993 and organized every two years, this legendary race allows some of the big names in sailing, as well as amateur sailors, to take the historic routes of the coffee trade, from France to South America or, as is the case this year, the West Indies. For this 2021 vintage, as usual, there are many contenders for victory. Twelve of them (three in Ultim, seven in IMOCA and two in Ocean Fifty) have one thing in common: they benefit from both the experience and the know-how of the CDK Technologies shipyard, specialist in the construction of prototype yachts. , whose productions have had pretty much done systematically wiping out awards in the most prestigious ocean races for 35 years and more.

The cast of the 15th edition of the Route du Café is impressive. Better still, it has a record fleet with some 81 boats divided into four classes (Class40, IMOCA, Ocean Fifty and Ultim). Indeed, the previous best score dates back to 2017 when 60 duos took the start of the race. As such, this year’s event is already exceptional even before the competitors set sail and observers are particularly delighted with the return of the giant multihulls category, which was absent two years ago. Five maxi-trimarans are lining up this year and this “shock of the titans” is eagerly awaited since, among these machines ready for the most beautiful adventures around the world, two have only been launched in recent months: the Maxi Banque Populaire XI with skipper by the duo Armel Le Cléac’h – Kévin Escoffier, for which CDK Technologies took charge of all the project management and the manufacture of its foils, as well as the SVR Lazartigue sailed by the duo François Gabart – Tom Laperche, for whom the shipyard manufactured the key elements, namely the floats, beams and foils. Their performance is sure to be examined in detail between Le Havre and Fort-de-France. The same goes for that of Actual Ultim 3, skippered by the duo Yves Le Blévec – Anthony Marchand, also a direct product of the Port-la-Forêt and Lorient sites in 2015. Record holder for the solo round the world since 2017 (42 days 16 hours 40 minutes and 35 seconds) then winner of the Transat Jacques Vabre 2015, La Transat Boulangerie 2016 then Le Pont the same year, this high-tech multihull in the colors of a group specializing in interim now has hui of an asset: its reliability.

Photo: B Philippe

Boats at the forefront of innovation and performance

Alongside these three ULTIMS, no less than seven exceptional IMOCAs, whose creations were also designed by CDK Technologies and will be full of hope at the start: 11th Hour Racing Team – Malama skippered by Charlie Enright and Pascal Bidégorry, the last born in the class, as well as APIVIA skippered by Charlie Dalin and Paul Meilhat (online honors of the Vendée Globe 2020-2021), CHARAL 1 skippered by Jérémie Beyou and Christopher Pratt, Maître Coq IV (winner of the Vendée Globe 2020- 2021) sailed by Yannick Bestaven and Jean-Marie Dauris, CORUM l’Épargne piloted by Nicolas Troussel and Sébastien Josse, Arkéa Paprec piloted by Sébastien Simon and Yann Eliès, Initiatives-CÅ“ur skippered by Sam Davies and Nicolas Lunven and Kostum Lantana Skippered landscape by Louis Duc and Marie Tabarly (ex Fortil, victim of a fire in the port of Le Havre just before departure in 2017).

All fueled by a desire to push the boundaries

To further expand the ranks of TJV, a couple of Ocean Fifty, witnesses of the passion and know-how of CDK Technologies in the construction of these 50-foot multihulls: GCA РMille et un Sourires skippered by Gilles Lamir̩ and Yvan Bourgnon , Winner of the TJV 2017, and Leyton skippered by Sam Goodchild and Aymeric Chappellier (ex Ciela Village 2), winner of the Pro Sailing Tour this season.

All these skippers, at the helm of the jewels of ocean racing, are driven by the desire to push the limits of what is possible with the aim of achieving their most daring dreams. These same pilots inspire the CDK Technologies teams on a daily basis to build and develop such special boats, all capable of posting one (or another) victory in this famous race of the Route du Café. The event promises a high level match in each of the categories represented, and there is no doubt that the associates of the company will be absolutely addicted to the action from start to finish !.

07/04/2021, Marseille (FRA), The maxi trimaran Banque Populaire XI is sailing ahead of Marseille. Photo credit: Gilles Martin Raget / BPCE

About CDK Technologies

CDK Created in 1984 by Hubert Desjoyeaux, CDK Technologies now has more than 35 years of experience in the construction of monohulls and multihulls which have established themselves in major ocean races. Leading shipyard in the field of offshore racing, thanks in particular to its mastery of the construction of foils, it has continued to strengthen itself, extending its know-how in the construction of luxury yacht platforms to parts industrial high performance composite. .

Managed since the mid-1990s by Philippe Facque, the company now has nearly 100 employees, a turnover of € 10 million, and continues to grow by investing in particular in cutting-edge tools. Established in Port-la-Forêt since its creation and also in Lorient, in the heart of “Brittany Sailing Valley ©” since 2007, CDK Technologies manufactures boats as well as high-tech spare parts (masts, booms and foils). This diversification has opened up a whole series of new perspectives in industry, civil and military shipbuilding, defense, as well as Marine Renewable Energies.

The prize list amassed by the yard and the many boats from the IMOCA and ULTIM classes is particularly impressive and includes in particular five victories in the Vendée Globe (out of nine editions), two in the Route du Rhum, three in the Transat Jacques Vabre and two in the La Transat / La Transat Bakerly. In addition to these successes in major ocean races, there is a single-handed round-the-world sailing record (St Exupéry Trophy) held since 2017 by the MACIF Trimaran skippered by François Gabart and left the CDK Technologies shipyard in 2015.

In addition, the CDK Technologies teams have just launched the construction of two IMOCAs. On the one hand, that of Charal 2 skippered by Jérémie Beyou and designed by Sam Manuard, the site has just started on the Lorient site with a launch scheduled for mid-2022. On the other, that of the new Maître Coq 5 skippered by Yannick Bestaven, a Verdier plan, intended to be built in the molds of the 11th HOUR 2 monohull on the Port-la-Forêt site.

Along with these multiple awards, CDK Technologies is a member of a consortium of builders, which manufactures the demonstration mast for the Chantiers de l’Atlantique project called “Silenseas”, which prefigures the passenger transport yachts of the future, further enhancing the site excellence in the manufacture of high performance composite parts.


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