Country FR

FRA 109

Baptismal nameInitiatives-Cœur
ArchitectVPLP - Verdier
Construction2010, CDK Technologies, Port La Forêt
Launch date9/18/10
Former namesFoncia 2, Banque Populaire, Maître CoQ


Designed for Michel Desjoyeaux, the ex-Foncia 2 is the 5th VPLP-Verdier design, assembled at CDK Technologies in 2010.

During the Route du Rhum, she finished 6th and then dismasted offshore of Cape Town during the Barcelona World Race (with François Gabart). Bought by Banque Populaire, Armel Le Cléac’h optimised her with his team and finished 3rd in the Transat Jacques Vabre 2011 (with Christopher Pratt), then finished 2nd in the Vendée Globe, a little over three hours behind François Gabart… Taken on by Jérémie Béyou, Maître CoQ finished 2nd in the Fastnet Race then 3rd in the Transat Jacques Vabre (with Christopher Pratt). Subsequently 2nd in the Route du Rhum 2014, Jérémie Béyou set sail on a Transat Jacques Vabre that was curtailed at Roscoff, at which point a significant refit was undertaken to install new foils designed by Nick Holroyd. Winner of the all-new New York-Vendée transatlantic race in 2016, the solo sailor earned a spot on the third step of the podium in the last Vendée Globe. Bought by Tanguy de Lamotte, the latter entrusted the helm to Samantha Davies after the Transat Jacques Vabre 2017, but the young English sailor had to retire from the Route du Rhum due to delamination of the hull. 7th in the last Transat Jacques Vabre with Paul Meilhat, Sam Davies is setting out on her third Vendée Globe. After starting the race at the front of the fleet, the British skipper was forced to abandon not far from Cape Town after having violently hit a UFO. However, after 2 weeks of repairs, Sam Davies took to the sea again with the aim of completing the race. The team decided to carry out the repairs so that Sam Davies could set off again and complete the round the world voyage via the sea.

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
Sail area max.
Upwind280 m2
Downwind600 m2

Sailing Highlights

2020-21: Vendée Globe - Retired - finishes out of the race
Défi Azimut - 2nd
2020: Vendée-Arctique-Les Sables d'Olonne - 4th
2019: Transat Jacques Vabre - 7th
2019: Défi Azimut - 7th
2019: Rolex Fastnet Race - 5th
2019: Bermudes 1000 Race - 4th
2018: Route du Rhum - Retired


© Maxime Horlaville / polaRYSE / Initiatives Coeur
© Maxime Horlaville / polaRYSE / Initiatives Coeur
© Maxime Horlaville / polaRYSE / Initiatives Coeur
© Yann Riou
© Jean-Marie LIOT / defi Azimut
© Maxime Horlaville / polaRYSE / Initiatives Coeur