Marine & OffshoreMay 27, 2022

Sailing around the world in a boat engineered to fly

MerConcept used the design and simulation capabilities in the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to develop SVR-Lazartigue from start to finish.
Avatar Rebecca Lambert

Within months of launching, skippers François Gabart and Tom Laperche successfully demonstrated SVR-Lazartigue’s massive potential, taking second place in their debut race, the grueling Transat Jacques Vabre.

Gabart, also founder of MerConcept, is now preparing for his solo round the world record campaign in 2023 before he takes on the crewed, non-stop, unassisted Jules Verne Trophy in 2024. His and the company’s ambitions reach beyond racing too. MerConcept has set up a new lab focused on developing concepts and protypes to demonstrate the potential of wind energy and foil propulsion in the wider marine industry.

“We want to enable a technological transfer from offshore racing and yachting to the transport of people and goods, moving towards sustainable mobility on the oceans,” Gabart said.

Backed by the power of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, MerConcept is not only pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in ocean racing but helping to reinvent the very concept of marine transport to preserve the planet and protect the oceans. To find out more, read the full story here.

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