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.