Change of board!
In 1995, Bruno Troublé joined the TFV. A key personality of the America's Cup, he wanted to give an international dimension to the race. He convinced the American-French Paul Cayard to join, as well as the New-Zealanders Chris Dickson and Russell Coutts. Troublé knew an international one-design boat was needed too. The Mumm 30 designed by the well-known naval architect Bruce Farr suited the race well, even though the boat wasn't ideal offshore and was more demanding technically than a JOD 35. In 1999, Manfred Ramspacher took control of the TFV and the Mumm 30 started its first race. It was an upwind and breezy leg, a tough one on the teams. Even the Olympic champion and three times winner of the America's Cup Russell Coutts struggled to get off the boat in Dieppe: his body ached too much.

The most used boat of the Tour de France à la Voile, the Mumm 30 (then Farr 30) showed a change of direction in the race history: it was specially designed for the event.

  • Boatyard: Farr Yacht Design
  • Designer: Bruce Farr
  • Year of introduction: 1995
  • Hull length: 9,43 m
  • Hull beam: 3,08 m
  • Draught: 2,1 m

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