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Standard Mast


In order to make the IMOCA fleet reliable in view of the 2016 Vendée Globe race, We designed a new efficient and reliable standard mast and rig to be installed on all new boats.

Carbon wing mast 27m tall with deck spreaders.



Elaboration of the design specification with the technical comity of the IMOCA class

Dedicated finite element analysis stick model with our internal tool “OPHELIA” for the rig base laminate and evaluation of the local reinforcements in stress, deformation and buckling with composite shell finite elements models

Design and integration of systems for the rig in 3D.

Full drawing set (lamination scheme of the mast and systems pieces)

Definition of validation tests

Writing of a mast user guide


Technical environment

FEA Nastran

Internal software : OPHELIA

3D Solidworks

Construction drawings