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FRA 17

Baptismal nameMONALOISE2
ArchitectVPLP - Verdier
Construction2014, CDK Technologies, Port la Forêt
Launch date3/2/15
Former namesSAFRAN, Des voiles et vous


The virtual sistership of Banque Populaire VIII, the winner of the last Vendée Globe, the former Safran II designed for Morgan Lagravière, hit a UFO offshore of Cape Town and had to retire in South Africa…

Penned by the VPLP-Verdier duo, the monohull was equipped with foils in 2015 during the launch, and after a rather flashy start (2nd in the Trophée SNSM, 6th in the Artemis Challenge, 3rd in elapsed time in the Fastnet Race), the skipper supported by Nicolas Lunven had to retire from the Transat Jacques Vabre after suffering water ingress in the foil casing. The structure was then reinforced, which did not prevent it from colliding with a UFO the day after the start of the New York-Vendée transatlantic race. Following her repair, Morgan Lagravière still finished 9th in Les Sables d’Olonne… On her return to Concarneau in 2017, the IMOCA was bought by the Kaïros company for a Transat Jacques Vabre with Morgan Lagravière and Éric Péron (3rd), then trained up the Japanese skipper Kojiro Shiraishi before being bought in 2019 by Yannick Bestaven, who linked together a series of solid results (2nd in the GP Guyader and the Bermudes 1000 Race), prior to mixed results in the Transat Jacques Vabre (with Roland Jourdain) following a W’ly option in the North Atlantic.

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Length18,28 m
Beam5,80 m
Draught4,50 m
Weight8 tonnes
Mast height29 m
Mast typeWing mast
Sail area max.
Upwind310 m2
Downwind550 m2

Sailing Highlights

2021: Transat Jacques Vabre - 9th
 Winner of the Vendée Globe (80d 03h 44m 46s - 10:15 of bonification)
2020: Vendée - Arctique - Les Sables d'Olonne - 6th
2019: Transat Jacques Vabre - 11th
2019: Défi Azimut - 4th
2019: Rolex Fastnet Race - 6th
2019: Bermudes 1000 Race - 2nd
2018: Route du Rhum - Retired


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