Country FR

FRA 2030

Baptismal nameBiotherm
ArchitectGuillaume Verdier
Construction2022, Persico Marine
Launch date8/31/22


The last of IMOCA’s ‘2022 vintage’, Biotherm was launched on 31 August in Lorient, after an express build taking just thirty weeks or so at Persico in Italy.

Designed by Guillaume Verdier and built using For The Planet (ex-LinkedOut) moulds, Biotherm's implementation has not only saved time while limiting the budget, but has also been 'economical' in terms of carbon footprint and LCA (life cycle assessment), which is now compulsory in the IMOCA class when building a new boat. Paul Meilhat is very familiar with the Verdier plan, having sailed the entire 2021 season with Charlie Dalin (victory in the Rolex Fastnet and second place in the Transat Jacques Vabre behind Thomas Ruyant and Morgan Lagravière on LinkedOut) on Apivia, a very similar IMOCA, so he is not starting from scratch. However, given the very tight schedule (Biotherm having announced its partnership in March 2022), the winner of the last Route du Rhum in the IMOCA class wanted a solid, simple and versatile boat, almost a sistership to Apivia, which with LinkedOut had been winning every race for the past two years. Starting from her basic version - the plans dating from the previous campaign for the 2020-2021 Vendée Globe - the monohull has been updated to suit her skipper's taste and minimalist spirit. The now spatulate bow has been changed and has more rocker, the aim being to get the nose of the boat out downwind, the foils are the latest generation, and the rudder systems and the cap protecting the cockpit have been optimised. Everything has been kept as simple as possible, without taking any risks in terms of technological choices or overly complex developments. In June 2022, Paul Meilhat and his technical team joined the Persico yard, to put the finishing touches to the boat - laminating, machining, sanding, fitting the cables and deck fittings, installing the systems, etc. After an express refit and a more than remarkable Route du Rhum, Paul Meilhat and his team set off on The Ocean Race adventure. The circumnavigation was not without its pitfalls, but the crew completed all 7 legs and finished in 4th place overall.

Length18,28 m
Beam5,4 m
Draught4,5 m
Weight8 tonnes
Mast height29 m
Mast typeWing mast
Sail area max.
Upwind260 m2
Downwind600 m2

Sailing Highlights

2024 : The Transat CIC - 15th
2023 : Transat Jacques Vabre - Abandon
2023 : Défi Azimut-Lorient Agglomération - 20th
2023 : The Ocean Race - 4th
2022 : Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe - 6th
2022 : Défi Azimut-Lorient Agglomération - ABD (crew)
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