Country FR

FRA 24

Baptismal namePaprec Arkéa 24
ArchitectAntoine Koch et Finot-Conq
Construction2022, Multiplast
Launch date2/22/23


With its atypical cockpit, slender bow and foils, this powerful and elegant monohull has been designed to meet a common ambition: to take Yoann to the top of the Everest of the seas, the Vendée Globe, in November 2024.

Pascal Conq and Antoine Koch form a duo of architects who are new to the IMOCA class. However, both have a wealth of experience. The first, along with Jean-Marie Finot, designed the winning boats in the Vendée Globe in 1993 (Gautier), 1997 (Auguin), 2001 (Desjoyeaux) and 2004 (Riou), as well as those that won the BOC Challenge in 1991 and 1995 (Auguin) and 1999 (Solidini). The second has a dual profile of sailor and engineer, having worked on all types of high level projects (IMOCA, Ultimes, Mod70, Figaro...). The pair joined forces to design PAPREC ARKEA, as well as For People, with the particular aim of "putting the human element back at the centre of our concerns". The slender, graceful bow is 'tuliped' to maintain high speed in heavy seas. This shape is similar to the design of motorboat hulls, which sail very flat. The idea of Yoan and the architects was to get as little water on deck as possible and to eject as much water as possible over the sides. This cockpit, which attracts attention, is particularly innovative. Manoeuvring, watching, resting... Everything will be done in this "semi-watertight" area, in the centre of the boat. Overall, there is a desire to improve downwind performance. The design of the hull but also that of the foils - "they are tolerant, capable of maintaining their efficiency and returning to their flying mode quickly after passing through the waves" - which contribute to "maintaining a higher speed" and therefore to "gaining in efficiency downwind". This is one of the key technical challenges in order to play a leading role in the next Vendée Globe.

Length18,28 m
Beam5,5 m
Draught4,5 m
Mast height29 m
Mast typeWings mat
Sail area max.

Sailing Highlights

2023: Défi Azimut-Lorient Agglomération - 4th
Rolex Fastnet Race - 2nd
Guyader Bermudes 1000 Race - 6th

© Yann Riou - polaRYSE / Paprec Arkea
© Eloi Stichelbaut - polaRYSE / Paprec Arkea
© Eloi Stichelbaut - polaRYSE / Paprec Arkea
© Yann Riou - polaRYSE / Paprec Arkea
© Eloi Stichelbaut / polaRYSE / Team Paprec Arkéa
© Yann Riou / polaRYSE / Team Paprec Arkéa
© Eloi Stichelbaut / polaRYSE / Team Paprec Arkéa