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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Maxime Sorel and Clément Giraud: two sailors in their thirties to tackle the round the world race

They are among the newcomers to the IMOCA class. Maxime Sorel, 32, and Clément Giraud, 38, come from different backgrounds, but share the same dream. They wish to take part in the 2020 Vend&eac...
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Friday, March 8, 2019

No plan B for Thomas Ruyant: “I will be there at the start of the 2020 Vendée Globe"

Early this week, Thomas Ruyant visited the Persico yard in Bergamo (Italy) to see how work was going on his future IMOCA, a Verdier designed boat that is due to be transferred to Lorient in June befor...
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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

PRB relaunched in the colours of Arkéa-Paprec: Sébastien Simon in the transition phase of the handover

Things are starting to move for Sébastien Simon. On Tuesday 26th February, the IMOCA, PRB, was relaunched displaying the colours of her sponsors, Arkéa and Paprec. It is on this foiler t...
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Thursday, February 21, 2019

The Ocean Race: how sailors and organisers are preparing

The Ocean Race, the crewed round the world race with stopovers raced for the first time on IMOCAs with foils, will start in Alicante in October 2021. With just over two and a half years to go to the s...
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Friday, February 15, 2019

Kojiro Shiraishi wants to finish the job in 2020

He was one of the stand-out figures in the 2016 Vendée Globe. The first Asian competitor to take part in the headline event in the IMOCA circuit, Kojiro Shiraishi was forced to retire after dis...
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Friday, February 8, 2019

Five contenders for the 2020 Vendée Globe: that crucial diversity

With the announcement that Banque Populaire is working alongside Clarisse Crémer, there are now five women hoping to take part in the next Vendée Globe, as she will be joining Sam Davies...
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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Kaïros, the new stronghold for IMOCA projects

Roland Jourdain, twice winner of the Route du Rhum in the IMOCA category and third placed skipper in the 2000-2001 Vendée Globe, is certainly being kept busy. Based in Concarneau, his firm, Ka&...
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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Major manoeuvres in the IMOCA class

On Tuesday 22nd January, Banque Populaire announced its return to the IMOCA circuit by handing over the helm of Paul Meilhat’s former SMA to the young skipper, Clarisse Crémer with the 20...
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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

An eighth new IMOCA being built: some great news from Nicolas Troussel

There will be at least eight new generation IMOCAs lining up at the start of the 2020 Vendée Globe. The latest announcement comes from Nicolas Troussel, who in a year from now will be launching...
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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

2019: an unprecedented boom for the IMOCA class

The IMOCA class has never experienced such enthusiasm and as 2019 gets underway, it looks like being a very exciting year. At least six new generation IMOCAs will be launched in 2019 and more than thi...

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