Country GB

Baptismal nameBlack Sambuca
ArchitectFinot - Conq
Construction2007, Neville HUTTON, Southampton
Launch date6/19/07
Former namesHUGO BOSS, ENERGA, La Compagnie du Lit – Boulogne Billancourt, Boulogne Billancourt, Time For Oceans


Armed with his previous successes in the singlehanded round the world race, Jean-Marie Finot became the reference in 2007, despite the scores of skippers riding the Bruce Farr wave.

As such, Briton Alex Thomson turned to the French naval architect to design an IMOCA, which stood out due to her twin cuddy and flush deck: the main idea being to lead all the lines back to the centre to save weight. In this way, Hugo Boss finished 2nd in the Barcelona World Race in 2008 (with Andrew Cape), but she hit a fishing boat just before the start of the Vendée Globe, a race she had to retire from following delamination of the hull. This hull suffered issues once again in the Transat Jacques Vabre (with Ross Daniel). Switching to a Polish flag with Zbigniew Gutkowski, the boat was retired from competition following keel issues. Energa headed to France with Stéphane Le Diraison, who was in training from late 2015 for the last Vendée Globe. However, the boat dismasted offshore of Australia… She was subsequently renovated in Caen prior to the Route du Rhum 2018 (8th), then in 2019 she competed in the Bermudes 1000 Race (10th) and the Transat Jacques Vabre with François Guiffant (20th). The IMOCA underwent a major refit in the winter to have foils fitted, her coachroof modified and her rudders changed…

Length18,28 m
Beam5,50 m
Draught4,50 m
Weight8,5 tonnes
Mast height29 m
Mast typeMât Classique
Sail area max.
Upwind340 m2
Downwind550 m2

Sailing Highlights

2021: Transat Jacques Vabre - 15th
2020-21: Vendée Globe - 18th (95d 08h 16min) 
2021 2020: Défi Azimut - 16th
2019: Transat Jacques Vabre - 20th
2019: Défi Azimut - 20th
2019: Rolex Fastnet Race - 12th
2019: Bermudes 1000 Race - 10th
2018: Route du Rhum - 8th
2018: Défi Azimut - 9th
2018: Drheam-Cup 700 - 7th
2018: Monaco Globe Series - 5th
2016-17: Vendée Globe - Retired
2013: Transat Jacques Vabre - 7th
2012-13: Vendée Globe - Retired
2009: Transat Jacques Vabre - Retired
2008-09: Vendée Globe - Retired
2007-08: Barcelona World Race - 2th

© Jean-Marie LIOT / defi Azimut
© Martin Viezzer