TOP SPEED = 37.82 knots
Charente-Maritime is an asymmetrical catamaran with the leeward hull slewed ahead to give clear wind to the leeward sail. She can sail on port tack, but is optimized for speed on starboard, with the crew-carrying hull to windward as well as the single wichbone bomes, which allow a clean flow over the leeward side of the sails. The bold and singular look of this craft stems largely from the ambitious single beam connecting the two hulls. Making this long, single span work takes some very clever engineering and construction, for the loads are enourmous.