Mighty Merloe is a very fast ORMA 60 racing trimaran, based in San Diego, CA.
She has campaigned on the west coast offshore circuit for the last four seasons, achieving a long list of wins and records, in Southern California races. Most notably, in July 2017, she broke the 20 year old Transpac record, completing the course in a blistering fast 4 days, 6 hours and 33 minutes. That was followed in March 2018 by a new Puerto Vallarta Race record, of 2 days 3 hours, 58 minutes.
Built originally as Groupama 2, the second ORMA 60 built by the French team. No expense was spared to make her the fastest and most technologically advanced yacht in the fleet, at the time. Groupama 2 was dominant in the ORMA circuit from 2004 to 2007, including three ORMA Championship wins and victory in the 2007 Transat Jacques Vabre. Groupama 2 was referred to amongst the ORMA 60 fleet as “the Magic Carpet,” as her advanced technology and construction gave her an edge over the competition.
Constructed of Nomex and carbon fiber, she is built with an “X-beam” configuration so that the pit shares structure with the aft beam, while the mast step shares structure with the forward beam. She is 60 feet long, 60 wide, and 100 feet tall--the maximum dimensions allowed in the ORMA box rule--yet weighs in around 6 tons rigged. She sports many other unique design features, including a rotating and canting wing mast with adjustable rake, large “C” foils, and a daggerboard with an adjustable trim tab.
Mighty Merloe has undergone three major refit periods since arriving in California, including extensive paint work, full NDT and ultrasound inspection, and structural modifications to accommodate increased loads of new sails and rigging. She has been continuously updated over the past five years, with multiple rounds of sail development, modern carbon standing rigging, and continuously updated high tech running rigging. The application of modern sails and rigging on this special platform mean that Merloe is now faster than she has ever been. Franck Proffit, co-skipper during the Groupama 2 era, sailed on the boat for the 2017 and 2018 seasons and found Merloe uniformly and noticeably faster on all points of sail.
Compared to her successor the MOD 70, Mighty Merloe is lighter, wider, and has more sail area, making her dominant in the light and moderate VMG conditions typical of west coast offshore racing.
A complete refit of the boat was completed in the winter of 2018, including a full structural ultrasound inspection of the boat and appendages. As such, Mighty Merloe is turn-key and race ready for a new owner who wants to continue pushing the limits of offshore speed.
All sails are carbon. There is a full set of 3di delivery sails.
• Code F Gennaker - 3Di Raw Force 10,850 Dpi (Dec 2018)
• Storm Tri-Sail - 3Di Endurance 760 SY 23,800 Dpi (Dec 2018)
• Furling Staysail - w/battens; 3Di Raw 32,000 Dpi (Oct 2017)
• Square Top Mainsail - 3Di Raw 870 35,000 Dpi (Oct 2016)
• Solent - 3Di Raw 870 32,000 Dpi (Oct 2016)
• Code F Gennaker - 3Di Raw Force 10,850 Dpi (Oct 2016)
• J1: Masthead Code 0 - 3Di 870 (Carbon/Dyneema) 19,600 Dpi (Oct 2016)
• Winches: (4) Harken 990s and (1) Harken 65, linked to two pedestals
• Upper & Lower Shrouds and Forestay are ECsix Carbon (no replacement necessary unless damaged)
• All furling sails (Staysail, gennakers, storm sail and bowsprit laterals) use Future Fibers Cables. These get replaced every two years (with some leeway based on the race/sailing schedule).
• Hydraulic system Two rotary pumps, driven by pedestals. System controls mast cant, Solent tack, Staysail tack, and outhaul. Hydraulic system and shroud rams were completely rebuilt in Autumn 2017. New Ti rods installed in the shroud rams. Solent and Staysail stay rams were new for the 2018 season
• Running rigging is in good condition and most sheets and gennaker halyard replaced in the 2018/2019 season.
• 200 Ah LithIon house battery bank
• BG WTP 2 processor
• Panasonic nav computer
• BG and Garmin displays
• Spare set of float rudders
• Spare port foils
• Main set of foils built in 2015
• Spare inshore dagger-board and main rudder
• Storage/Technical 40ft Container
• Many spare parts
• VPLP Naval Architects (France) were the designers of the boat. They continue to support with engineering and design work as needed.
• The boat has one of the original Team Groupama Designer/Engineer engaged. He was involved with this boat and then it’s maxi sister (G3) as well as the giant Oracle Trimaran. He has all the original data and designs and is very valuable.
• Boat had a haul out and refit in Autumn of 2017 after returning from Transpac. Complete ultrasound of boat, mast, boom and all appendages was completed.
• Complete refit and structural ultrasound inspection completed at end of 2018.
201 Shipyard Way, Suite B
Newport Beach, CA 92663