Country FR

FRA 22

Baptismal nameOC7
ArchitectBruce Farr Yacht Design
Construction2007, Offshore Challenges Sailing Team, Cowes, Royaume-Uni
Launch date6/25/07
Former namesESTRELLA DAMM, BT, Veolia Environnement, Hugo BOSS, Neutrogena,, Safran, Spirit of Yukoh IV, Water Family, OMIA - Water Family


This is another Farr design built for the Barcelona World Race and then the Vendée Globe. The duo aboard Estrella Damm, Altadill and McKee, are sadly forced to retire off Cape Town due to damaged rudders.

In the next race, Seb Josse has to return to France during The Transat after suffering a broken mainsail head. BT is no more shipshape offshore of New Zealand when a wave flips her over and smashes a rudder… Repaired in Auckland, the IMOCA dominates proceedings in several races in 2009 prior to a Transat Jacques Vabre with François Cuzon, which culminates in the vessel’s retirement after she splits apart and fills with water. Taken over by Roland Jourdain, Véolia wins the Route du Rhum 2010, then Thomson and Altadill finish 2nd on her in the Transat Jacques Vabre, the Briton subsequently bagging the solo Transatlantic record on her in the colours of Hugo Boss (8d 22h 08’). 3rd in the Vendée Globe with Alex Thomson, the monohull finishes 2nd in the Barcelona World Race under a Spanish flag. Later on Nicolas Boidevezi’s Vendée Globe participation is compromised and it’s Kojiro Shiraishi who sets sail with her from Les Sables d’Olonne, before sadly stopping in Cape Town following her dismasting. Benjamin Dutreux takes her on as Ruptur, and the renamed Water Family finishes 19th in the Transat Jacques Vabre with Thomas Cardrin.

Length18,28 m
Beam5,85 m
Draught4,50 m
Weight8,4 tonnes
Mast height29 m
Mast typeClassic mast
Sail area max.
Upwind296 m2
Downwind700 m2

Sailing Highlights

2022: Guyader Bermudes 1000 Race - 16th
Vendée Globe - 9th  (81d 19h 45m 20s)
2020: Défi Azimut - 13th
2016-17: Vendée Globe - Retired
2016: New York - Vendée - Les Sables d'Olonne - 7th
2015: Transat St Barth - Port La Forêt - 4th

2015: Transat Jacques Vabre - Retired
2014-15: Barcelona World Race - 2nd
2014: New York Barcelone - 2nd
2013: Rolex Fastnet Race - 3th
2013: Vendée Globe - 3rd
2011: Transat B to B - 4th
2011: Transat Jacques Vabre - 2nd
2011: Rolex Fastnet Race - 5th
2010: Route du Rhum - Destination Guadeloupe - 1st
2008-09: Vendée Globe - Retired

© François Van Malleghem - Guyader Bermudes 1000 Race
© François Van Malleghem - Guyader Bermudes 1000 Race
© François Van Malleghem - Guyader Bermudes 1000 Race
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