Country FR

FRA 85

Baptismal nameHOLCIM-PRB
ArchitectGuillaume Verdier
Construction2022, Carrington, Southampton (GB)
Launch date5/8/22
Skippers Nicolas LUNVEN , Rosalin KUIPER



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. During leg 4 of the crewed round-the-world with stopovers, the IMOCA Holcim-PRB was dismasted. She was able to set sail again on leg 5 after recovering a mast. The Swiss-flagged team finished 2nd overall in The Ocean Race. At the end of the round the world race, Nicolas Lunven will take the helm of the IMOCA for all the solo races in 2023 and 2024, with the ultimate goal of taking part in the Vendée Globe.

Length18,28 m
Beam5,5 m
Draught4,5 m
Mast height29 m
Mast typeWing mast
Sail area max.

Sailing Highlights

2024 : The Transat CIC - 14th
2023 : Retour à La Base - 8th
2023 : The Ocean Race - 2nd
2022 : Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe - 4th
2022 : Défi Azimut-Lorient Agglomération - 5th
© © Yann Riou
© Julien Champolion / polaRYSE / Team Holcim-PRB
© Julien Champolion / polaRYSE / Team Holcim-PRB
© Eloi Stichelbaut - polaRYSE / Holcim-PRB
© Julien Champolion / polaRYSE