This is another Farr design built for the Barcelona World Race and then the Vendée Globe. The duo aboard Estrella Damm, Altadill and McKee, are sadly forced to retire off Cape Town due to damaged rudders.
In the next race, Seb Josse has to return to France during The Transat after suffering a broken mainsail head. BT is no more shipshape offshore of New Zealand when a wave flips her over and smashes a rudder… Repaired in Auckland, the IMOCA dominates proceedings in several races in 2009 prior to a Transat Jacques Vabre with François Cuzon, which culminates in the vessel’s retirement after she splits apart and fills with water. Taken over by Roland Jourdain, Véolia wins the Route du Rhum 2010, then Thomson and Altadill finish 2nd on her in the Transat Jacques Vabre, the Briton subsequently bagging the solo Transatlantic record on her in the colours of Hugo Boss (8d 22h 08’). 3rd in the Vendée Globe with Alex Thomson, the monohull finishes 2nd in the Barcelona World Race under a Spanish flag. Later on Nicolas Boidevezi’s Vendée Globe participation is compromised and it’s Kojiro Shiraishi who sets sail with her from Les Sables d’Olonne, before sadly stopping in Cape Town following her dismasting. Benjamin Dutreux takes her on as Ruptur, and the renamed Water Family finishes 19th in the Transat Jacques Vabre with Thomas Cardrin.