Following the abandonment of the Switchback project for The Ocean Race, in January 2022 Team Holcim-PRB acquired the Verdier-designed hull built at the famous Jason Carrington shipyard in England.
The hull, originally designed for The Ocean Race project, has undergone significant modifications to meet the expectations of a solo sailor. Unlike previous-generation IMOCAs, the current trend is to add volume to the bow. Like many monohulls of the same vintage, the bow is therefore wider and more powerful, to prevent the boat from entering waves, the objective on a round-the-world race being to have a boat that is as stable as possible, capable of lining up average speeds easily, without restricting itself to absolutely high speeds. The deck layout has also been revised, and new-generation foils installed.
This IMOCA, initially designed for pure crewed performance, remains highly versatile. As a result, the plan Verdier is lining up for the start of the Route du Rhum 2022, where it crossed the finish line in 4th place, and then for The Ocean Race.