© Jari Salo
Country HU


Baptismal nameAriel II
ArchitectOwen Clarke Design
Construction2007, Hakes Marine, Wellington (Nouvelle-Zélande)
Launch date12/14/07
Former namesAVIVA, STARK


Built in New Zealand in the mould of Ecover III, Ariel 2 was originally designed for Dee Caffari for the Vendée Globe 2008.

Going by the name of Aviva, her British sailor got a feel for her boat during The Transat (6th) going on to change the keel of her Owen-Clarke design prior to her singlehanded round the world. Sixth at the finish in Les Sables d’Olonne, Dee Caffari invited fellow Britons Sam Davies and Miranda Merron aboard for an express Round Britain (record in 6d 11h 30’), then took part in the Transat Jacques Vabre 2009 with Brian Thompson (8th) and the Barcelona World Race with Spanish skipper Anna Corbella, in the colours of GAES Centros Auditivos. At the end of the double-handed race around the world, the monohull was put up for sale in 2012, but only found a buyer five seasons later: Finnish sailor Ari Huusela qualified on her for Route du Rhum, which saw him secure 11th place in the IMOCA fleet. After the singlehanded Bermudes 1000 Race (16th), then the double-handed Transat Jacques Vabre with Michael Ferguson (26th), the Scandinavian is preparing the boat in Lorient for what will be his first Vendée Globe. In 2021, Stark is taken over by the Hungarian Weöres Szabolcs in view of the Vendée Globe 2024.
Length18,28 m
Beam5,57 m
Draught4,5 m
Weight8,5 tonnes
Mast height29 m
Mast typeMât Classique
Sail area max.
Upwind270 m2
Downwind580 m2

Sailing Highlights

2020-21: Vendée Globe - 25th
Transat Jacques Vabre - A.Huusela - 26th
2019: Bermudes 1000 Race - A.Huusela - 16th
2018: Route du Rhum - A.Huusela - 11th
2010-11: Barcelona World Race - D.Caffari - 6th
2009: Transat Jacques Vabre - D.Caffari - 8th
2008-09: Vendée Globe - D.Caffari - 6th