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Country FR

FRA 56

Baptismal nameDIABOLEO
ArchitectOwen Clarke Design
Construction2007, Hakes Marine, Nouvelle-Zélande
Launch date7/31/07
Former namesEcover III, Mike Golding Racing, Président, Gamesa, Currency House Kilcullen, Kilcullen Voyager - Team Ireland, Rêve de large - Région Guadeloupe

Presentation

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 of it to install foils and move the mast back one meter. Ninth in the Route du Rhum 2018, La Mie Câline - Artisans Artipôle finishes 18th in Salvador de Bahia in the Transat Jacques Vabre 2019 with Xavier Macaire, and a year later, the boat completes its fourth Vendée Globe in 15th place, skippered by Arnaud Boissières. Arnaud teamed up with Rodolphe Sépho to take part in the 2021 Transat Jacques Vabre, then sold the IMOCA to the latter, whose aim was to take part in the 2022 Route du Rhum under the colours of Guadeloupe, his homeland. He finished 32nd. After his IMOCA sank in the same race, Fabrice Amedeo bought the Owen-Clarke design with a view to the next Vendée Globe. Fabrice and his team quickly decided to take a different route with this boat, replacing the foils with straight daggerboards and transforming the ballast tanks to increase performance. As a result, the boat is considerably lighter. The former Figaro journalist was able to tame his new steed in the races of 2023, in preparation for his third solo round the world voyage.

Length18,28 m
Beam5,8 m
Draught4,50 m
Weight7,9 tonnes
Mast height28,5 m
Mast typeWing mast
FoilsNo
Sail area max.
Upwind260 m2
Downwind435 m2

Sailing Highlights

2023 : Retour à La Base - 27th
2023 : Transat Jacques Vabre - 28th
2023 : Défi Azimut-Lorient Agglomération - Abandon
2022 : Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe - 33th
2021 : Transat Jacques Vabre - 16th
2021 : Défi Azimut-Lorient Agglomération - 11th
2020-2021 : Vendée Globe - 15th
2020 : Vendée Arctique - 14th
2019 : Transat Jacques Vabre - 18th
2019 : Défi Azimut-Lorient Agglomération - 17th
2019 : Rolex Fastnet Race - 14th
2019 : Guyader Bermudes 1000 Race - 9th
2018 : Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe - 9th
2018 : Défi Azimut-Lorient Agglomération - 12th
2018 : Drheam-Cup 700 - Abandon le 24/07
2016-2017 : Vendée Globe - Abandon le 02/01/2017
2015 : Transat St Barth - Port La Forêt - 3rd
2015 : Rolex Fastnet Race - 8th
2012-2013 : Vendée Globe - 6th
2011 : Transat B to B - 4th
2011 : Transat Jacques Vabre - 9th
2008-2009 : Vendée Globe - Abandon le 16/12/08
Other highlights

2023: Retour à La Base - 27th
2023: Transat Jacques Vabre - 28th
2023: Azimut-Lorient Agglomération Challenge - ABD
2022: Route du Rhum - 32nd
2021: Transat Jacques Vabre - 16th
2021: Défi Azimut - Lorient Agglomération - 11th
2020-21: Vendée Globe - 15th (94d 18h 36m 06s)
2020: Vendée-Arctique-Les Sables d'Olonne - 14th
2019: Transat Jacques Vabre - 18th
2019: Azimut Challenge - 17th
2019: Rolex Fastnet Race - 14th
2019: Bermuda 1000 Race - 9th
2018: Route du Rhum - 9th
2016-17: Vendée Globe - Retired
2015: Transat Saint Barth - Port La Forêt - 3rd
2015: Rolex Fastnet Race - 8th
2012-13: Vendée Globe - 6th
2012: Artemis Challenge - Winner
2011: Transat BtoB - 4th
2011: Transat Jacques Vabre - 9th
2011: Barcelona World Race - Retired
2010: Artemis Challenge - Winner
2009: Transat Jacques Vabre - 3rd
2008-09: Vendée Globe - Retired
2008: Artemis Challenge - 3rd
2008: Round the Isle of Wight - Winner
2008: Record SNSM - 7th
2007: Transat BtoB - Withdrew
2007: Transat Jacques Vabre - 5th

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