This 60-foot monohull, formerly Roland Jourdain’s Safran II, was designed by the VPLP architectural firm together with Guillaume Verdier and launched in March 2015.
Initially built for the skipper Morgan Lagravière and his participation in the Vendée Globe 2016, this racing steed has already racked up a stellar track record (2nd in the Record SNSM, 2nd in the Solo Maitre CoQ, 3rd in the Rolex Fastnet, 3rd in the Transat New York-Vendée). Designed according to the same hull plans as the winner of the last Vendée Globe (the ex-Banque Populaire VIII, today known as Bureau Vallée 2), this IMOCA is also equipped with foils enabling her hull to lift up out of the water when sailing downwind so as to reduce drag and hence increase speed. She boasts a powerful hull, which is flatter in her aft section with a more high-volume bow than her predecessor. With her livery reflecting Maitre CoQ’s 50th anniversary colours, Maître CoQ IV came out of refit at the KAIROS yard in Concarneau in January 2019 and flies across the water with skipper Yannick Bestaven, whose objective is the Vendée Globe 2020.