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FRA 27

Baptismal nameSAFRAN
ArchitectVPLP - Verdier
Construction2007, Chantier Naval de Larros
Launch date8/6/07
Former namesSAFRAN, Quéguiner – Leucémie Espoir, Sensations i, Generali, Monin


This IMOCA shines new light on the competition in the colours of Safran. The first monohull designed by Vincent Lauriot-Prévost and Guillaume Verdier, the boat was remarkably well built by the Laros yard in 2007.

She straightaway finished 2nd in the Transat Jacques Vabre. 3rd in the Vendée Globe, Marc Guillemot went on to win the Transat Jacques Vabre 2009 with Charles Caudrelier, then finished 3rd in the Route du Rhum 2010. Up next was a new Transat Jacques Vabre (with Yann Éliès), then a retirement from the Vendée Globe 2012 in the first few miles after losing her keel. With Pascal Bidégorry, Safran completed her 4th Transat Jacques Vabre (2nd), backed up by a 3rd place in the Route du Rhum 2014. Yann Éliès then took over the reins with a 3rd place in Itajaì in 2015 with Charlie Dalin, then a 5th place in the last Vendée Globe. Alain Gautier integrated the IMOCA in his company Sensations in 2017 and then entrusted the monohull to Isabelle Joschke, who secured 8th place in the Transat Jacques Vabre with Pierre Brasseur in the colours of Generali. Rechristened Monin, the boat dismasted during the last Route du Rhum then, as MACSF, she hit a rock after the start in Le Havre in 2019. Signed up for two transatlantic passages in the summer of 2020, it is imperative that Isabelle Joschke finishes at least one of these to qualify for the Vendée Globe.

Length18,28 m
Beam5,70 m
Draught4,50 m
Weight8 tonnes
Mast height29 m
Mast typeWing mast
Sail area max.
Upwind300 m2
Downwind650 m2

Sailing Highlights

2022: Guyader Bermudes 1000 Race - 5th
Transat Jacques Vabre - 12th
Défi Azimut - Lorient Agglomération - 8th
Rolex Fastnet Race - 9th
Vendée Globe - retired - finishes out of the race
2020: Défi Azimut - 3th
2020: Vendée-Arctique-Les Sables d'Olonne - 13th
2019: Transat Jacques Vabre - Retired
2019: Défi Azimut - 8th
2018: Route du Rhum - Retired


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© Jean-Marie LIOT / defi Azimut