Briton Mike Golding was on his third Vendée Globe when he entrusted Owen Clarke with the design of his third Ecover.
However, after a rather lacklustre Transat Jacques Vabre 2007 (5th) with Bruno Dubois, the skipper discovered that his keel was weakened. The boat subsequently dismasted offshore of Australia, whilst in 2nd place in the Vendée Globe… 3rd in the Transat Jacques Vabre with Spaniard Javier Sanso, the newly christened Président was chartered for the Barcelona World Race with Jean Le Cam and Bruno Garcia, but the IMOCA dismasted. Mike Golding took command again for another Transat Jacques Vabre in 2011, again with Bruno Dubois (9th), then she finished 6th in the Vendée Globe 2012-2013. A new Irish owner followed, Enda O’Coineen, who linked together a series of races from 2015 in preparation for the Vendée Globe 2016-2017, which stopped short in New Zealand following a dismasting. Arnaud Boissières then took possession, fitting foils onto her and moving the mast back a metre… 9th in the last Route du Rhum, La Mie Câline finished 18th in Salvador de Bahia last winter with Xavier Macaire. Arnaud Boissières will be setting sail with her on his fourth singlehanded non-stop round the world race!