Country FR

FRA 08

Baptismal nameYOROSHIKU
Construction2018, CDK Technologies - Port La Forêt
Launch date8/20/18
Former namesCHARAL


Launched in August 2018 by Team Charal, the VPLP design initially struggled with her hot-headedness, but gradually the team was able to tame this ultra-powerful trailblazing foiler.

On her return from a first full sailing season in 2018, Charal’s team carried out a major overhaul and above all adopted a new foil configuration with new casings. The aim from then on was to focus on her reaching and downwind performance since statistically nearly 80% of the Vendée Globe is contested on these points of sail. On 8 November 2020, Charal set sail on the Vendée Globe, but lost out on any chance of victory after an early return to Port Olona to repair various damage just days after the start. Heading back out on the racetrack far behind the fleet, the triple Solitaire du Figaro champion finished in 13th place. In 2021, the team made various changes and optimisations to this physically and technically demanding boat, the most notable being a modification of the bow, which is now spatulated. Jérémie Beyou and Christopher Pratt finish 3rd in the Transat Jacques Vabre, but then the boat hits a UFO just hours after leaving Martinique on her delivery home, which results in another sizeable chunk of time in the yard. After a 2022 season that saw Jérémie Beyou finish runner-up in both the Guyader Bermudes 1000 Race and the Vendée Arctique Les Sables d’Olonne, Charal is transferred to the talented Swiss sailor Justine Mettraux supported by Teamwork, which also involves her joining the Team Be You Racing with a view to competing in the Route du Rhum in November 2022. Prior to her first participation in the Vendée Globe in 2024 she will compete in The Ocean Race 2023 with 11th Hour Racing.

Length18,28 m
Beam5,85 m
Draught4,50 m
Weight8 tonnes
Mast height29 m
Mast typeWing mast
Sail area max.
Upwind320 m2
Downwind600 m2

Sailing Highlights

2023: Rolex Fastnet Race - 7th
Route du Rhum - 7th
Défi Azimut - 6th
Vendée Arctique - 2nd
Guyader Bermudes 1000 Race - 2nd
Transat Jacques Vabre - 3rd

2021: Rolex Fastnet Race - 2nd
Vendée Globe - 13th (89d 18h 55m 58s)
Défi Azimut - 1st
2020: Vendée - Arctique - Les Sables d'Olonne - 1st 
2019: Transat Jacques Vabre - 3rd
2019: Défi Azimut - 1st
2019: Rolex Fastnet Race - 1st
2018: Route du Rhum - Retired
2018: Défi Azimut - Retired