Delivery trip of Seven Seas
|15 September 2016||Posted by Alex from Lagoon under Lagoon world|
As every year, the month of August is one of the boat deliveries to the fall boat shows. This year is a bit special at Lagoon since we launched the construction of our largest catamaran ever produced, the SEVENTY 7 (you can discover and relive all stages of her building here). This one is no exception to the rule and was therefore sailed by a crew from Bordeaux to Cannes. Antoine, the first mate of the boat tell us the story of this “gentle giant”!
“For this first SEVENTY 7 off the factory, the shipyard organised an extensive seven-month programme, in the course of which the boat will be exhibited at various boat shows and undergo sea trials, while being subject to various technical tests and technical feedback for the shipyard in order to optimise this new sailing vessel.
On the schedule for the principal stopovers: the Cannes Boat Show in September, the Barcelona Boat Show in October and, following a transatlantic passage, the Miami Boat Show in February 2017!
2 August saw the launch of the SEVENTY 7, which now proudly bears her name: Seven Seas.
05:00 hours, Sunday 14 August 2016: start of the Bordeaux-Cannes delivery trip
We must now load all the equipment on board without delay. The weather forecast dictates that we should cross the Bay of Biscay and pass La Coruña, the northwest tip of Spain, without delay. 24 hours ahead of schedule, at dawn on Sunday morning in order to benefit from the ebb tide on the Garonne, Seven Seas cast off her lines from the Bordeaux boatbuilding yard.
The teams of photographers follow us with a RIB and of course a drone for the initial images filmed between the Chaban Delmas and Aquitaine bridges.
On board, as is usual for new vessels, members of the boatbuilding yard are on the delivery trip in order to assist and to gain experience of their product, thus enabling them to identify areas requiring optimisation.
Leaving the Gironde estuary, a favourable breeze enables the spinnaker to be hoisted, to the delight of the crew and the amateur yachtsmen that we pass.
The watches are organised and the safety instructions are communicated to all the crew. The lifelines are in place, the watch equipment is installed. The first night will be one for learning a few rigging adjustments. There are various adjustments to be undertaken, including the tensioning of the textile shrouds, the length of the forestay, etc. A reduction in the wind causes us to lose a few hours but, despite this delay, with the efficient assistance of the engines we succeed in logging a fast passage at 9-10 knots and 2000 rpm, and pass La Coruña, just being tossed about a little bit. The diesel consumption/speed ratios correspond to the predictive graphs.
Monday 15 – Tuesday 16 August 2016: Portuguese trade winds
We pass Cape Finisterre, with its medley of commercial and fishing vessels. We push on to the port of Baiona, south of Vigo, where we fill up with diesel.
After downloading GRIB weather forecast data files, we push on south, off the Portuguese coast, accompanied by the trade winds. We surf downwind, assisting our progress towards Gibraltar, which we must hurry to pass before a change of wind that could require us to stop for several days.
Wednesday 17 August 2016: The tempo of the delivery trip and Lara’s meals
The tempo of the delivery trip is established and everyone alternates between sailing and their expertise in accordance with the specialities on board, as well as going into raptures when we encounter dolphins and even whales…
Lara, our hostess, punctuates this tempo with delicious meals and snacks: real occasions for conversation and conviviality on board. Lara is a native of South Africa and prepares many sweet-and-sour dishes and others garnished with various spices. Discussions barely deviate from the subject of the boat, and everyone enthusiastically shares their work and analysis. After so much work at the boatbuilding yard, the pleasure of being at sea on board this new Lagoon is very prévalent.
Friday 19 August 2016: Gibraltar, very British?
We’re approaching Gibraltar. Contrary to what we had planned, we decide to stop not at Malaga but instead at Gibraltar, in order to land 3 crewmembers from the boatbuilding yard who must now return home. Once again, the weather encourages us to hurry. Malaga would involve a detour. We thread our way through the tankers before dawn. In this industrial port, we take the opportunity to fill up with diesel once again. An absurd question comes to mind: since the Brexit vote, what is the procedure? In the end, without any formalities, our crewmembers disembark and cross the “border” by taxi, heading for a Spanish airport. We set off again without having the time to climb up and see Gibraltar’s Barbary macaques…
Monday 21 August 2016: Barcelona and Cadaqués
We stop off in Barcelona to refuel. We will return for longer in October, for the boat show. When refuelling, we appreciate the efficiency of the X litres/minute transfer pump which enables refuelling using a single diesel tank filler on the side closest to the quay. Given the boat’s beam, and even if manoeuvring in port is facilitated by the bow thruster, everyone will appreciate it.
In the evening, a second stop in Cadaqués bay enables the team to get some sleep. The rounding of the Iberian Peninsula was completed very quickly.
Tuesday 22 – Wednesday 31 August 2016: Canet-en-Roussillon: thank you!
Teams from service providers and the shipyard work on the boat so that it is ready for the Cannes Boat Show. In particular, we load all of the upholstery and decorative furnishings. A not insignificant portion is devoted to the large space available on the flybridge.
The day before our departure for Cannes, after working hours, a small party is organised on the quay, with the teams from the Bordeaux boatbuilding yard and those of the various service providers in Canet (thanks for their incredible hospitality!) and of many suppliers, some of them from far afield. We were also joined by the crews of the other Lagoons bound for Cannes and its Yachting Festival.
A very big thank you and congratulations to all of them for this energy and professionalism.
Thursday 1 September: departure for Cannes!
A short passage takes us to our first big event, the Cannes Yachting Festival. In recent years, this show has become the unmissable event of the start of the yachting season. It provides a unique platform in the yachting world, namely the exhibiting of vessels ranging from 2 to 50 metres, both sail and motor. The SEVENTY 7 is the largest catamaran in the port and we are proud of it!”
If you want to see all moments of the SEVENTY 7’s building and re-live her departure from the shipyard, just click play below !