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FRA 109

Baptismal nameInitiatives-Cœur
ArchitectVPLP - Verdier
Construction2010, CDK Technologies, Port La Forêt
Launch date9/18/10
Former namesFoncia, Banque Populaire, Maître CoQ


The fifth creation by the VPLP design - Guillaume Verdier naval architecture firm, the monohull has already competed in the Route du Rhum 2010 and the Barcelona World Race 2011 in the hands of Michel Desjoyeaux.

Since 2011, the boat has finished in the top spots in a number of races in the colours of Banque Populaire VI, including a second place in the Vendée Globe 2012. This boat was optimised by the Maitre Coq team, who turned her into one of the fastest boats from the old generation, finishing third in the Vendée Globe 2016. In February 2017, this IMOCA adopted the livery of Initiatives-Cœur skippered by Sam Davies and she already boasts a number of victories (2nd in the Défi Azimut 2018, 4th in the Bermudes 1000 Race 2019, 1st in the ArMen Race 2019).

INITIATIVES COEUR, IMOCA, foiler, Samantha Davies, Vendée Globe© Intitiatives-Coeur

Length18,28 m
Beam5,9 m
Draught4,5 m
Weight8,5 tonnes
Mast height29 m
Mast typeWing mast
Surface voile max.
Près280 m2
Portant600 m2

Sailing Highlights

2019 - Transat Jacques Vabre - 7th
2019 - Défi Azimut - 7th
2019 - Rolex Fastnet Race - 5th
2019 - Bermudes 1000 Race - 4th
2018 - Route du Rhum - Retired

© Yann Riou
© Yann Riou