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 the start of the 2022 season, which saw Jérémie Beyou finish runner-up in both the Guyader Bermuda 1000 Race and the Vendée Arctique Les Sables d'Olonne, Charal has been handed over to the talented Swiss sailor Justine Mettraux, accompanied by the Vendée Globe. The yachtswoman is living up to her reputation and is leading her new machine with a masterly hand, finishing 6th and 7th in the 2022 and 2023 races.

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

2024 : The Transat CIC - 7th
2023 : Transat Jacques Vabre - 6th
2023 : Défi Azimut-Lorient Agglomération - 6th
2023 : Rolex Fastnet Race - 7th
2022 : Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe - 7th
2022 : Défi Azimut-Lorient Agglomération - 6th
2022 : Vendée Arctique - 2nd
2022 : Guyader Bermudes 1000 Race - 2nd
2021 : Transat Jacques Vabre - 3rd
2021 : Rolex Fastnet Race - 2nd
2020-2021 : Vendée Globe - 13th
2020 : Défi Azimut-Lorient Agglomération - Winner
2020 : Vendée Arctique - Winner
2019 : Transat Jacques Vabre - 3rd
2019 : Défi Azimut-Lorient Agglomération - Winner
2019 : Rolex Fastnet Race - Winner
2018 : Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe - Abandon le 16/11
2018 : Défi Azimut-Lorient Agglomération - Abandon
: - 8th