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Watch: 11th Hour Racing | Innovation, Design And Art

by Ingrid Hale
11th Hour Racing
11th Hour Racing’s new IMOCA 60, 11.2 is out of the shed and now the next chapter begins: the long process of testing, calibrating and data gathering in preparation for the Transat Jacques Vabre. We find out what’s below the surface of the colourful artwork splashed on the hull and sails of 11th Hour Racing Team’s 11.2, and the innovations used in a new era of boat design.

The back story

The series, “The Making of…” dives below the surface of the design and build process for 11.2.The series explores three themes: design, art, and innovation, which also digs into the sustainability initiatives used in the boat build.
On a mission to win The Ocean Race 2021-22, led and co-skippered by American offshore sailors Charlie Enright and Mark Towill, the Team places sustainability at the core of all operations and is currently training out of Port-La-Forêt in Brittany, France.

A design marvel

In Episode 1 of the ‘Making Of…’ web series, skipper Charlie Enright, naval architect Guillaume Verdier and MerConcept project manager Armand de Jacquelot reflect on the uniqueness of designing and building an IMOCA 60 for fully crewed racing. Get the scoop below.

An artists eye

To inspire a connection with the ocean, 11th Hour Racing enlisted the extremely talented artists of Van Orton Design Studio and John Baptiste Epron to come up with the creative artwork that will be sailing across the oceans for years to come. See how they came to create their vision below.


Innovation with sustainability

Members of 11th Hour Racing Team dig into the details of innovative projects that were realised as a part of the IMOCA 60 boat build. Key projects included: a life-cycle assessment which tracks the high impact areas of the build to help inform sustainable solutions and IMOCA Class policy;  using 100kg of bio-based materials for non-structural components of the boat, and taking a circular approach by using recycled materials to build splash cradles and remanufacturing broken carbon components to produce recycled carbon tape.

Watch the remarkable innovation in the video below.

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