Country FR

FRA 72

Baptismal nameLe Pingouin
ArchitectMarc Lombart
Construction1997, MAG France, Fontenay-le-Comte
Launch date1/31/98
Former namesWhirpool-Europe 2, Tiscali-Global Challenge, Pro-Form, Le Pingouin, Initiatives Cœur, Famille Mary-Étamine du Lys, 4MYPLANET


To date, she’s the oldest IMOCA monohull, as well as a round the world legend with no fewer than six solo circumnavigations, some of them cut short.

Le Pingouin, a 1998 Marc Lombard design was designed for Catherine Chabaud at the time, which unfortunately dismasted offshore of Spain on the return leg in the Vendée Globe. Italian Simone Bianchetti then finished 3rd with her in the Around Alone in 2003, before Marc Thiercelin took over the reins for the Vendée Globe 2004, which he had to retire from in New Zealand… American Brad van Liew took her on for the Velux 5 Oceans 2010, which saw him win every leg, before returning to France with Tanguy de Lamotte, who would finish 10th on her in the Vendée Globe 2012-2013. Romain Attanasio then set sail with her for his first Vendée Globe (15th) in 2016-2017, before Alexia Barrier took possession of her in 2018 for the Route du Rhum, followed by the Transat Jacques Vabre. The sailor puts forward the idea of using her boat for educational and scientific mission to collect data relating to temperature, salinity and chlorophyll content in her next solo round the world.

Length18,28 m
Beam5,30 m
Draught4,50 m
Weight9 tonnes
Mast height29 m
Mast typeClassic mast
Sail area max.
Upwind260 m2
Downwind580 m2

Sailing Highlights

2019 - Transat Jacques Vabre - A.Barrier - 25th
2019 - Bermudes 1000 Race - A.Barrier - 14eth
2018 - Route du Rhum - A.Barrier - 15th
2018 - Monaco Globe Series - A.Barrier - 9th
2017 - Transat Jacques Vabre - R.Attanasio - 13th
2016-17 - Vendée Globe - R.Attanasio - 15th
2013 - Transat Jacques Vabre - T.De Lamotte - 8th
2012-13 - Vendée Globe - T.De Lamotte - 10th


© François Van Malleghem