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LOOPING 50', AQUABLUE VERSION: A revolutionary rig for an ocean cruising catamaran…

Published on 01 april 2007 at 0h00

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Patrick Lüscher’s Loopings form a special family of production ocean cruising catamarans. These provocatively-named models of from 45’ to 56’ are chosen by experienced sailors for demanding projects. The test of the Aquablue version gave us an insight into why, and turned the spotlight on a rigorous architect who is creative and innovative.

The catamaran according to Patrick Lüscher

The creator of the Loopings is trained in aeronautics and has kept a taste for light structures with fluid lines. As the volumes of the Airbus service hangars couldn’t compete with the call of the ocean, in his eyes, he quickly turned to boat design and construction. Several years roaming the oceans followed, until he came across multihulls and the revelation of sailing fast, at the Martinique Grand Prix! From then on, catamarans were to be his centre of interest. The first Looping 45 was created at Sète before proving itself over 6 years’ charter in the West Indies. The architect-skipper faced hurricane Luis on Saint Martin with no damage, then sold his boat before taking part in the construction of Denis Kergomard’s Gégé 50 and launching his own range of designs. Designed for one-off construction by boatyards or enlightened amateurs, the Loopings are a balanced answer to the problems of fast ocean cruising in a multihull. Amongst the twelve boats afloat, several are working as cruising schools and cross the Atlantic twice a year. In 2005, No Limit tackled hurricane Delta without damage, running from the seething cauldron at speeds of...

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