As you may know, the Zig Zag Wanderer was unable to participate in the ARC 2014 due to an unfortunate accident two days before the start of the race. Fortunately there were no serious casualties or excessive damage.
Currently the first Aureus XV is still in the Canary Islands where our team is working to change the keel bulb. Once repaired, Zig Zag Wanderer will continue her offshore sailing program. We will be keeping you posted about the destinations and the performance of this unique sailing yacht in different weather conditions. We can already share some of the results
with you. Since its launch, and after more than 5,000 nautical miles of sailing, Aureus XV proved to be a very powerful boat
. In most circumstances (above 9-10 knots of apparent wind) she achieved 10 knots and flirted with 15knots on the downwind legs in a medium to strong wind.
We also made use of these 5,000 nautical miles of tests to optimize our automatic reefing system
by reducing friction to a minimum in all angle transmissions. This ensures that the reefing manoeuvres are much easier in all conditions. Here are some examples :
The helmsman can handle 3 reefs alone, without leaving the helm. Once hoisted on its anti-twist cable, code 0, genacker or asymmetric spinnaker takes no more than 8 seconds to be unfurled.
Using the reversing electric winches, sheets can also be relieved, allowing each sail to be rolled up in less than 30 seconds
, without ever leaving the helm station. We are currently working on a wireless controller to operate these winches from the deck which will facilitate the hoisting of headsails for single-handed sailing.
Among the most appreciable points on-board, the management of the energy needs
has been a real satisfaction. The build-in hydro-generator allows the boat to be completely autonomous while navigating
. At 8 knots, it covers the needs of the fridge, freezer, autopilot, electronics and night-lighting. On several occasions, we were able to sail for more than 48 hours in complete comfort, without having to start the engine and generator.
We are very pleased to note that the performance, comfort on board and energy efficiency are even above our ambitious expectations and we hope to share this experience with you during our upcoming sea