Delivery trip on board… the Lagoon 560 Imagine
|15 October 2015||Posted by Alex from Lagoon under Travel & Cruising world|
Boat shows are closely related to the world of delivery trips. In fact, not everyone is aware that the boats exhibited sometimes travel several thousand miles before arriving at the shows. We had the pleasure of receiving a personal account from Alexandre, who was involved in delivering the Lagoon 560 Imagine exhibited at the Cannes Yachting Festival.
Who are you?
I’m Alexandre Gaignoux. I joined Lagoon’s delivery department six months ago and I’m involved in the handover of catamarans built in the Bordeaux yard. Previously, I was a sailing instructor on private yachts from 15 to 115 metres.
What was the purpose of your delivery trip?
I had the opportunity to take part in delivering the Lagoon 560 Imagine, which was exhibited at the Cannes boat show. The passage that I undertook with two professional skippers, Stéphane and Florence, started from Bordeaux on 19 August. It ended in Cascais, near Lisbon, four days later.
Departure from the Bordeaux yard
What was the highlight of the trip?
In fact, there were several, but there were two that I will never forget.
The first occurred as we left the Gironde estuary (between the Cordouan lighthouse and Royan) where we crossed paths with the magnificent frigate Hermione (a replica of the original, also known as the “freedom frigate” in the 18th century), which was launched in 2014. Hermione, which retraced the voyage of Lafayette, was on passage to Bordeaux following her return from the United States.
A second highlight occurred as we passed A Coruña. We had a flat calm and a large school of dolphins took advantage of it to come and surf the wave created by our twin bows.
What did you like about the boat?
I appreciated the comfort offered by this new version of the Lagoon 560, with redesigned seating on the flybridge and improved soundproofing for the generator compartment. In addition, the new upholstery design gives the boat a very pleasant and original touch.
In terms of sailing, the simple deck layout facilitates operations (even for a crew that is getting to know the boat). The wind was not always strong enough, so sometimes we motored, alternating with sailing. This is often the case with delivery trips!
Any advice about navigation on board this boat?
Thanks to the B&G WiFi module, all the navigation equipment (radar and chartplotter) can be accessed with a smartphone or tablet. So I suggest that future crews download this application. It enables you to have this navigation aid to hand wherever you are on board.