The M30, which has been the one-design used for the gruelling Tour de France à la Voile is to be replaced. From 2011 the event will use a new design to be chosen from a shortlist of three.
The contest to design the new boat has seen submissions to Sports Director William Borek from 23 different design houses from niner countries including Spain, France, Japan, New Zealand, Netherlands, Switzerland, Slovenia, Turkey and USA.
Consultation was wide with many big names involved in the selection of three finalists:
The 998 from JPK Composites and designed by Jacques Valer
The T2011 One Design Challenge presented by K Challenge, from RC44 designers Russell Coutts/Andrej Justin
The M34 from Archambault and designed Joubert Nivelt
The subjective criteria includes aesthetics and innovation while other factors important for the decision include; the reliability of the manufacturer or contractor, the draft the transportability on a trailer, the internationalization and the distribution, creation of a charter fleet and marine potential.
The new boat for the tour will be announced no later than 31 July 2009.