Bruno Troublé, the Cup is in my DNA
They may be America’s Cup, Volvo Ocean Race, Mini Transat, offshore or Olympic sailors or maybe all of the above. Many can be seen on the dock in Cannes for the Régates Royales-Trophée Panerai.
French skipper Bruno Troublé loves classic yachts, when he’s not busy with the America’s Cup… Here is an interview, with some interesting news about his future plans too.
Bruno Troublé, it’s a P-class boat this time
“Yes, that’s right. I’m racing on Chips, a boat designed by American Starling Burgess in 1913, the same architect who also signed Ranger, Rainbow and other famous America’s Cuppers. We race in the same class as Olympian by William Gardner but they are much faster than us in light air. I found both boats in a pretty bad state in the USA, had them restored. Funnily, they look very much like J Class boats, because they were conceived applying the same Universal Rule created by Nathanaël Herreshoff in 1903. In fact, there were many classes: the “P”, the “Q” like Jour de Fête and also a R-class Class-R, Aloha designed by Edson B. Shock in 1923. All in all there were some twenty P-class boats but today only seven or eight remain, two of which are based in Canada: I know where they all are…”
Pity, the class did not last long.
“Yes. You know, the rule was leaving a lot of creative room to designers, but unfortunately it only lasted a few years. Pity, because the yachts wherever light and fast, especially in light air. The Metre rule, on the other hand, was very strict and created boats that were pretty heavy. At the end of the day the P, Q and R classes produced as many boats as the Metre Rule, between 1920 and 1930, but then it all after before WWI, when the rule was progressively abandoned.”
Chips is not the boat’s original name, is it?
“No, when she was launched the boat was called Onda III, but a banker from New York got her in 1926 after a winning poker match, so she was called Chips… Today she’s owned by Sébastien Bazin while Olympian is owned by Philippe Oddo.”
You still have your own boat?
“I sail a lot on other people’s boats, that I helped restore, I have a cruiser in Greece. That is why I can race prestigious boats like Jour de Fête, Runa and now Chips…”
What are you plans for the future?
“I’ll be back to the America’s Cup, working with Grant Dalton, helping him organize the Prada Cup that will take over from the former Louis Vuitton Cup. I’ve been a huge supporter of the kiwis when they challenged the American defender because I didn’t like Russell Coutts’ version of the AC. I’m not a very big fan of video-games…”
Technical specs Chips:
Designer: Starling Burgess
Builder: W. Starling Burgess (1903)
LOA: 15,67 m
LWL: 10,70 m
Beam 3,17 m
Draft 2,25 m
Displacement: 16 000 kg
Sail area: 170 sq. m