Country FR

FRA 71

Baptismal nameTrimtastic
ArchitectFarr Yacht Design
Construction2007, Southern Ocean Marine, Nouvelle-Zélande
Launch date2/3/07
Former namesPaprec-Virbac 2, W Hotels, ESTRELLA DAMM, WE ARE WATER, Le Bateau des Métiers by Aerocampus, La Mie Câline, La Mie Câline – Artipôle, Groupe Sétin


Built in New Zealand in 2006, this IMOCA already has five round the world races to her credit, securing victory in the 2008 Barcelona World Race with Jean-Pierre Dick and Damian Foxall.

Characterised by her ‘trim tab’, a flap on the transom, the ex-Paprec-Virbac 2 boasted bow ‘moustaches’ prior to the Vendée Globe 2008, which the skipper had to retire from after breaking both rudders offshore of Australia. Next, Spaniards Pepe Ribes and Alex Pella finished 5th in the Transat Jacques Vabre, then 4th in the Barcelona World Race 2010. The baton was then passed to their compatriots Willy and Bruno Garcia who finished 5th in Barcelona four years later. Arnaud Boissières bought the Farr design in 2015 for his third consecutive Vendée Globe, then participated in the Transat Jacques Vabre 2017 with new owner, Manuel Cousin. Groupe Sétin competed in the Route du Rhum 2018 (14th), before participations in multiple IMOCA races in 2019: GP Guyader, Bermudes 1000 Race, Armen Race, Fastnet Race and Défi Azimut, rounding off her season with the Transat Jacques Vabre accompanied by Gildas Morvan. In 2020, Manuel Cousin set off on the solo round-the-world race, his very first circumnavigation of the globe, which he finished in 23rd position. After the Transat Jacques Vabre 2021 contested with Alexia Barrier, the Norman sailor carried out a major refit at Mer Agitée, the structure managed by Michel Desjoyeaux in Port La Forêt, north-west Brittany. On the menu, a reduction and redistribution of weight, optimisation of the deck layout and a new livery in the colours of her trusty partner. In April 2022, Manuel Cousin relaunched his IMOCA to compete in the Guyader Bermudes 1000 Race, finishing in 18th place and earning his ticket for the Route du Rhum, before choosing to err on the side of caution and retire from the Vendée Arctique Les Sables d’Olonne to avoid manhandling his boat in the rough weather.

Length18,28 m
Beam5,80 m
Draught4,5 m
Weight9 tonnes
Mast height27,80m
Mast typeWing mast
Sail area max.
Downwind560 m2

Sailing Highlights

2023: Défi Azimut-Lorient Agglomération - 24th
Rolex Fastnet Race - 23th
Route du Rhum - 30th
Défi Azimut - 22nd
Vendée Arctique - Retired
 Guyader Bermudes 1000 Race - 18th

2021: Transat Jacques Vabre - 18th
Défi Azimut - Lorient Agglomération - Retired
Vendée Globe - 23th (103d 18h 15min 40s) 
Vendée-Arctique-Les Sables d'Olonne - 15th
2019: Transat Jacques Vabre - 22nd
2019: Défi Azimut - 18th
2019: Rolex Fastnet Race - 11th
2019: Bermudes 1000 Race - 12th
2018: Route du Rhum - 18th
2018: Monaco Globe Series - 6th

© © François Van Malleghem | Groupe Setin
© © François Van Malleghem | Groupe Setin
© © François Van Malleghem | Groupe Setin
© François Van Malleghem
© © François Van Malleghem | Groupe Setin
© © François Van Malleghem | Groupe Setin
© © François Van Malleghem | Groupe Setin
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