The new norm – Part I

Thomas Coville’s latest Ultim Sodebo 3 is our second boat this month, along with the Paul Bieker/Andrés Suar Eagle 53, that sees the captain of the ship despatched in front of the mast. But that’s just the start of the story, as lead designer Renaud Bañuls explains…

The genesis
Thomas Coville has always had a good sense of timing, which probably explains why he first contacted Bañuls Design four years ago, in 2015, already convinced that he had to get on and begin planning the new Ultim which he believed would soon be essential if he was to remain competitive.

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