Country FR

FRA 53

Baptismal nameImagine
ArchitectVPLP - Verdier
Construction2007, Indiana Yachting, Italie
Launch date9/5/07
Former namesGroupe BEL, IMAGINE, For Humble Heroes, Le Souffle du Nord, Kilcullen Team Irlande, V and B - Mayenne


In 2007, the ex-Groupe Bel is one of the latest creations by VPLP-Verdier. Though the hull is that of Safran, she is equipped with a wing mast and two steering wheels.

Designed for Kito de Pavant in preparation for the Vendée Globe, she finishes 6th in the Transat Jacques Vabre (with Seb Col), but further down the track she dismasts in the Bay of Biscay. Up and running again, 2009 is an opportunity to beat the Trans-Mediterranean record (1d 20h 20’) before the Transat Jacques Vabre with François Gabart (2nd). However, the Route du Rhum 2010 campaign comes to an end following a faulty keel pin, as is the case in the Barcelona World Race (with Seb Audigane). Kito de Pavant amasses a series of technical issues (dismasting, then collision), hampering the performance of this IMOCA, which beats the solo Trans-Mediterranean record (1d 02h 53’) in 2013 prior to being sold to Imagine and taking part in the Route du Rhum with Armel Tripon (4th). Next, Thomas Ruyant takes the helm for the Transat Jacques Vabre 2015 with Adrien Hardy (4th) before a Vendée Globe that ultimately comes to a halt in New Zealand after colliding with a UFO. Bought up by Enda O’Coineen and repaired in Christchurch, the ex-Souffle du Nord arrives in Les Sables d’Olonne and is promptly sold to Maxime Sorel in late 2018, VandB-Mayenne going on to compete in the Bermudes 1000 Race (5th), then the Transat Jacques Vabre with Guillaume Le Brec (16th).

Length18,28 m
Beam5,5 m
Draught4,5 m
Weight8 tonnes
Mast height29 m
Mast typeWing mast
Sail area max.
Upwind365 m2
Downwind700 m2

Sailing Highlights

2022: Guyader Bermudes 1000 Race - 10th
Vendée Globe - 10ème (82j 14h 30m 15s)
2020: Défi Azimiut - 11th
2020: Vendée-Arctique-Les Sables d'Olonne - 11th
2019: Transat Jacques Vabres - 16th
2019: Défi Azimut - 9th

2019: Rolex Fastnet - Retired
2019: Bermudes 1000 Race - 5th
2019: Grand Prix Guyader - 4th
2018: Monaco Globe Series - 4th
2016-17: Vendée Globe - Retired
2016: Défi Azimut - 8th
2015: Transat St Barth - Port La Forêt - Retired
2015: Transat Jacques Vabre - 4th
2015: Rolex Fastnet Race - 4th
2014: Route du Rhum - 4th
2012-13: Vendée Globe - Retired
2011: Transat Jacques Vabre - 5th
2010-11: Barcelona World Race - Retired
2010: Route du Rhum - Retired
2009: Transat Jacques Vabre - 2nd
2008-09: Vendée Globe - Retired

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