Earthrace / Ady Gil
History was made on 27 June 2008 - the wave piercing trimaran Earthrace (more recently known as Ady Gil) designed and engineered by LOMOcean Design took out the UIM world record for a power boat circumnavigation by over 13 days.
The team at LOMOcean Design are the proud designers of this radical boat, although saddened by her recent loss in icy Antarctic waters after a well publicised collision with another vessel.
Earthrace/Ady Gil was powered by twin Cummins QSC 540 diesel engines and propellers pitched specifically for the record attempt. With this configuration and fully fuelled and provisioned, the boat motors at a maximum speed of around 28 knots, although it could be configured to go faster with lighter fuel loads. At slower passage making speeds, the boat has sufficient range for large stretches of open ocean involving up to 2500 nautical miles between refuelling stops - the slender central hull and tuned sponsors offering excellent fuel efficiency.
Construction of the craft was in keeping with its styling and pedigree; advanced composites included carbon fibre and aramid reinforcements, toughened epoxy resins and lightweight foam cores.
As a part of an ongoing research and development program into this relatively novel hull type, the Earthrace project had the LOMOcean Design team working hard on optimising fuel efficiency to minimise refuelling stops and also on designing for ride comfort, allowing the crew to maintain high average speeds in adverse sea conditions.
Common to all of the power trimaran design work from this office, the entire boat is intended to wave pierce, minimising pitching motions and preventing slamming or pounding of the bottom shell. Tests conducted on a 6m manned and powered test model fitted with pitch/heave/yaw accelerometers show significant improvements in ride quality in comparison to conventional monohull designs, representing a major step forward in yacht design technology.
LOMOcean Design has also been working on initial concepts for a stunning 148m super yacht 'Moonset' that shares the dramatic styling of the Earthrace boat and promises to shatter many world firsts in super yacht design. A more modest 30m concept design has also been produced, offering more realistic chances of a private individual owning something as dramatic and crowd stopping as Earthrace.
And, with the eyes of the world focused on recent tense events in the Antarctic waters that caused the loss of this unique vessel, maybe a bigger, better 'Ady Gil II' is on the cards...