Country FR

FRA 85

Baptismal namePRB
ArchitectVPLP - Verdier
Construction2009, CDK Technologies, Port La Forêt
Launch date11/30/09


The fifth PRB, she is the sistership to the first VPLP-Verdier designs. Built from the same mould as Safran, this IMOCA was even lighter on her launch in October 2009 and finished 5th in the Route du Rhum 2010.

Skipper Vincent Riou went on to win the Fastnet Race 2011 aboard her and then had to retire from the Transat Jacques Vabre (with Hugues Destremau) following cracking in a watertight bulkhead. Her performance in the Vendée Globe was not dazzling either since the monohull hit a metal buoy offshore of Brazil whilst the solo sailor was in the top trio! 2013 would see victory go to PRB (with Jean Le Cam) during the Transat Jacques Vabre, a success story repeated two years down the line (with Sébastien Col). In the meantime, the boat underwent a makeover, however the Route du Rhum course did not suit her and she had to pull into Port-la-Forêt. 2nd in The Transat 2016, Vincent Riou secured 5th place in the New York-Vendée, but had to retire from the Vendée Globe after colliding with a UFO in the South Atlantic. The monohull got a boost in 2018 with foils designed by Juan Kouyoumdjian taking her to 4th place in the Route du Rhum, prior to a passage in the colours of Arkéa-Paprec in 2019 to win the Bermudes 1000 Race with Seb Simon as skipper. The latter passed on the batten to Kevin Escoffier who finished 2nd in the Transat Jacques Vabre with Nicolas Lunven.

Length18,28 m
Beam5,60 m
Draught4,50 m
Mast height29 m
Mast typeMât-Aile
Sail area max.
Upwind300 m2
Downwind600 m2

Sailing Highlights

2020 : Défi Azimut - 5th
2020 : Vendée-Arctique-Les Sables d'Olonne - 5th
2019 : Transat Jacques Vabre - 2nd
2019 : Défi Azimiut - 2nd
2019 : Rolex Fastnet Race - 2nd
2019 : Bermudes 1000 Race - 1st
2019 : Grand Prix Guyader - 1st
2018 : Route du Rhum - 4th
2018 : Défi Azimut - 1st
2016-17 : Vendée Globe - Retired
2016 : Défi Azimut - 5th
2016 : New York - Vendée - Les Sables d'Olonne - 5th
2016 : The Transat CIC - 2nd
2015 : Transat Jacques Vabre - 1st
2015 : Rolex Fastnet Race - 1st
2014 : Route du Rhum - Retired
2013 : Transat Jacques Vabre - 1st
2013 : Rolex Fastnet Race - 5th
2012-13 : Vendée Globe - Retired
2012 : Europa Warm'Up - 1st
2011 : Transat B to B - 3rd
2011 : Transat Jacques Vabre - Retired
2010 : Route du Rhum - 5th


© Yann Riou / polaRYSE
© Yann Riou / polaRYSE
© Yann Riou / polaRYSE
© Yann Riou / polaRYSE
© Yann Riou / polaRYSE
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