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A superb, museum-quality model of the ship at the heart of one of what is considered by many to be the last great voyage of exploration, and a story of valiance and fortitude for all to survive over a year against all odds.
The aptly named Endurance, built for durability in extreme polar conditions, resisted ten months held fast in pack ice, immortalized in the photographs of photographer Frank Hurley.
This plank-on-bulkhead model, using the best well-seasoned precious hardwoods, faithfully captures the lines of what was perhaps the strongest wooden ship ever built. The above photograph shows her bow, designed to meet the ice head on, and capturing the essence and strength of the original plans, where each timber was made from a single tree, chosen so its shape would follow the natural curve of her design.
It also highlights the intricacy and quality of the chromed and brass fittings and waxed marine-brand rigging, a tribute to the attention to detail and quality of workmanship of the highly skilled and experienced artisans at Abordage.
Nothing has been compromised in this faithful reproduction of a ship that has become a symbol of man’s fortitude in adversity, and indeed of his Endurance and will to survive.
|Size||88 cm L x 49 cm Hgh|
1999 sees a new challenge structure with a dynamic, resourceful and youthful syndicate. Originally called "Yaka," ( French slang for 'just do it' ) the syndicate is the brainchild of Luc Gellusseau and Pierre Mas, of Corum Sailing Team fame.
Gellusseau who now runs the technical and design team, has managed to group together the best bits of the previous French challenges along with a large quantity of new, young talent. He and Mas realised that it was important to stay out of French national politics and to that end the syndicate is a relatively small budget operation.The sponsorship was supplied early by two technology companies, Bouygues Telecom and Transiciel. Le Defi, as it is now called, only dreamt of building one boat and are well organised, completely transparent and very motivated.
Bertrand Pacé is at the helm of the boat "6eme sens", Thierry Pepponet is tactician and the well-respected Dutchman Marcel van Triest is navigator. Pacé, undoubtly France's most talented helmsman today, is a top ranked match racer - world champion in 1994 and runner-up in 1998 - commands huge loyalty amongst his crew and is mature in his approach after three Cups.The "6eme sens" boat design team includes such notables as Bernard Nivelt and Daniel Andrieu along with other names from the French world of composite structures and aerodynamics.
The stated goal of the French Team was to do a good and to get to the Louis Vuitton semi-finals.They succeeded with their victory against America one, and reached to an honorable 6th rank. See also "6eme Sens" half hull.