The Prototype Figaro Beneteau 3 has been launched in St Gilles Croix de Vie, the birthplace of Bénéteau. amid much excitement. The Figaro Beneteau 3 is the first production foiling one-design monohull ever to be designed.
Built by Beneteau with Van Peteghem – Lauriot Prévost Naval architect. A partnership of innovation and design.
Contrary to Imoca 60 foils, the FB3 foils have an inward-facing profile. The way they operate is different. They are versatile foils that create drift reduction and improve the boat’s righting moment, without increasing the movement, which improves the boat’s performance.
Deep, with a straight blade, creates minimum drag. Supplementary drift reduction is provided by the foils.
Made of foam sandwich, fibreglass and polyester infused resin, it corresponds to current designs and is ballast-free.
Mast and Sail Layout
Similar to the Imoca 60s, the mast is set back, providing balance under sail. This allows the use of high performance sails and the addition of a bowsprit. Solo sailors will sail with a square-top mainsail, a genoa and a jib, but also a masthead spinnaker (105 m² (=125 yd²) to gain speed in a light breeze) and a small gennaker.
Mainsail area: 39.5 m² (420 ft²)
Jib area: 30.5 m² (323 ft²)
Large spinnaker area: 105 m² (125 yd²)
Figaro Beneteau Circuit
The Figaro circuit, including the well-known “Solitaire URGO le Figaro”, is renowned for being difficult. It unites the best French offshore racing sailors, who compete in ten races a year. The best sailors started out on the FB1and FB2. The FB3 has been designed to meet the requirements of this circuit, but may well suit other uses!