Prysmian Group, IMOCA, foiler, Giancarlo Pedote, Vendée Globe
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Country IT

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Baptismal nameABSOLUTE DREAMER 5
ArchitectVPLP/ Verdier
Construction2015, Vannes
Launch date9/11/15
Former namesSt-Michel - Virbac, Ucar-St-Michel


In 2015, the construction of the new prototypes was shared between Port-la-Forêt, Vannes, the UK and Italy.

StMichel-Paprec was one of this new generation of secondary foils and the fine-tuning was no easy task with a launch just two months before the start of a rather lively Transat Jacques Vabre in 2015: Jean-Pierre Dick and Fabien Delahaye retiring following the breakage of the forward stringer. The former solo sailor then got in some training in Portugal before linking onto The Transat (3rd) and the New York-Vendée (10th), where he hit a UFO and made a technical pit stop in Newport. Unfortunately during his preparation for the Vendée Globe 2016, he collided with a fishing boat offshore of Ile de Groix. Some new foils were fitted for the solo round the world, the skipper finishing in 4th place before going on to sail with Yann Éliès for the Transat Jacques Vabre 2017, which the duo won (JP’s fourth success!). Yann Éliès took on the batten for the Route du Rhum 2018 (2nd) before Giancarlo Pedote purchased the boat. Teamed up with Anthony Marchand, the Italian took the W’ly option, which proved to be a dead end in the Transat Jacques Vabre 2019 (17th). The boat has not undergone any major development since her launch.

Prysmian Group, IMOCA, foiler, Giancarlo Pedote, Vendée Globe© Prysmian group

Length18,28 m
Beam5,80 m
Draught4,50 m
Weight8 tonnes
Mast height29 m
Mast typeMat Aile
Sail area max.
Upwind300 m2
Downwind600 m2
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