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Country GB

GBR 77

Baptismal nameSuperbigou
ArchitectPierre Roland
Construction1999, Bernard STAMM, Lesconil
Launch date7/1/00
Former namesSuper Bigou, Armor Lux-Foie gras Brizac, Bobst Group-Armor Lux, Cheminées Poujoulat-Armor Lux, Cheminées Poujoulat, We are water, Super Bigou-Seven Seas, La Fabrique, Superbigou
Skipper Pip HARE

Presentation

This will be the oldest IMOCA of the entire fleet in the next Vendée Globe! The ex-Super Bigou is certainly the most atypical craft, since she was built by sailor Bernard Stamm and his friends in a hangar in Lesconil, Brittany, over what was nearly a three-year period…

Launched in 2000, this Pierre Rolland design sadly had to retire from her first Vendée Globe in 2000 due to autopilot issues. However, the Swiss skipper went on to set the transatlantic monohull record, which he improved on in 2001 (8d 20h 554), before competing in the Transat Jacques Vabre, where he finished 8th with Vincent Riou. With the same Helvetian skipper, she won the Around Alone 2002-2003, the singlehanded round the world with stopovers, then in the colours of Cheminées Poujoulat-Armor Lux, the boat lost her keel in The Transat… before repeating her victory in the Around Alone 2006-2007. Spaniards Cali Sanmarti and Jaume Mumbru then competed on her in the Barcelona World Race (9th), at which point the boat was taken on by the Estonian Jaanus Tamme in 2012. The boat returned to the IMOCA circuit in 2016 when the Swiss skipper Alan Roura chartered her for the Vendée Globe (12th). Finally, Briton Pip Hare took on the helm, securing 24th place in the last Transat Jacques Vabre, a key stage in her preparation for her first Vendée Globe.

Length18,28 m
Beam5,70 m
Draught4,50 m
Weight9 tonnes
Mast height29 m
Mast typeMât classique
FoilsNo
Sail area max.
Upwind300 m2
Downwind580 m2
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