CHARAL

Country FR

FRA 08

Baptismal nameCHARAL
ArchitectVPLP
Construction2018, CDK Technologies - Port La Forêt
Launch date8/20/18

Presentation

Charal and her skipper Jérémie Beyou are certainly the firm favourites in the Vendée Globe 2020!

Launched in August 2018, the VPLP design initially found it hard to contain her fieriness, but gradually the team managed to tame the machine down and get some miles under her belt. Last season was more in line with her skipper’s ambitions, securing a resounding victory in the Fastnet Race, then the Défi Azimut. Way out in front in the Transat Jacques Vabre 2019 offshore of the Cape Verde archipelago, the Doldrums had dire repercussions for the Beyou-Pratt duo, who ended up being pinned to the racetrack whilst five other IMOCAs overtook her, but then snatched third place on the podium in Salvador de Bahia thanks to a spectacular comeback along the coast of Brazil. Back in Lorient, Charal underwent a major overhaul centred on a new foil configuration and foil casing. The aim now is to focus on her performance with wind on the beam and downwind since nearly 80% of the Vendée Globe is likely to involve these points of sail, in contrast with the Transat Jacques Vabre, or The Transat CIC 2020, which is not on the skipper’s programme.

Length18,28 m
Beam5,85 m
Draught4,50 m
Weight8 tonnes
Mast height29 m
Mast typeWing mast
FoilsYes
Sail area max.
Upwind320 m2
Downwind600 m2

Sailing Highlights

2020 - Défi Azimut - 1st
2020 - Vendée - Arctique - Les Sables d'Olonne - 1st 
2019 - Transat Jacques Vabre - 3rd
2019 - Défi Azimut - 1st
2019 - Rolex Fastnet Race - 1st
2018 - Route du Rhum - Retired
2018 - Défi Azimut - Retired

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