This is the most modern of the IMOCAs set to take part in the Vendée Globe 2020: Corum l’épargne, designed for the double champion of the Solitaire du Figaro Nicolas Troussel, left the yard at Mer Agitée at the end of the winter and is due to line up for the Transat New York-Vendée-Les Sables d'Olonne.
Indeed, the boat-skipper pairing has earned an automatic selection for the Vendée Globe, but still has to participate in a singlehanded race and the racer must clock up over 2,000 miles aboard her. However, a great deal of attention has been given to this new prototype as every step of her journey has been overseen by naval architect Juan Kouyoumdjian, associated with Michel Desjoyeaux, two-time winner (2000-2001 and 2008-2009) and two-time manager of a winning Vendée Globe project (Riou in 2004-2005, Gabart in 2012-2013), and Greg Evrard, a top-flight racer (match racing, Tour de France à la Voile, ORMA circuit) and former manager of North Sails France. And though the hull seems very similar to that of Arkéa-Paprec, her original cockpit, her coachroof integral with the deck and her substantial freeboard are the stand-out features. Nicolas Troussel has also put together a stellar entourage that includes Nicolas Lunven, Sébastien Josse and Thomas Rouxel to fine-tune this machine for devouring the miles.