The virtual sistership of Hugo Boss 2007, DCNS was designed for Marc Thiercelin, but the decision to take the start of the Vendée Globe came late in the day: the boat was launched in late August 2008…
Unfortunately, the monohull dismasted on the first night in a Bay of Biscay swept up by more than 50-knot winds. After a lacklustre season in 2009, albeit with a new Trans-Mediterranean record (1d 09h 13’), the skipper, accompanied by Christopher Pratt, was forced to retire from the Transat Jacques Vabre due to a keel issue.
Characterised by her double cuddy, this Finot design was then optimised and made lighter to prepare for Christopher Pratt’s Route du Rhum 2010 and finished 8th. Marc Thiercelin’s next objective was to train up the skier Luc Alphand with a view to the Transat Jacques Vabre 2011, but energy problems forced the duo to retire.
The boat then went on to become a star of the silver screen for the film “En solitaire”, before being bought by Éric Bellion: Comme un seul homme finished 7th in the Transat Jacques Vabre with Sam Goodchild, then 9th in the last Vendée Globe.
Damien Seguin took her on in 2018 for the Route du Rhum (6th) then for the Transat Jacques Vabre with Yoann Richomme (14th). After the transatlantic race, the team decided to completely rebuild the deckhouse. Damien Seguin took the start of the 2020 Vendée Globe, which he finished in 7th position and 1st IMOCA with straight daggerboards.