At 27 years of age, Alan Roura has already circumnavigated the globe several times in terms of the number of nautical miles he’s racked up. On the water from a very early age, he was eight years old when his family set sail around the world. The voyage was to last eleven years. On his return to Europe at 20, Alan participated in his first offshore race: the Mini Transat 2013. He followed that up on a Class40, taking part in the Route du Rhum 2014 and the Transat Jacques Vabre 2015.
Following a fantastic twelfth place in the Vendée Globe 2016, aboard one of the oldest boats in the fleet and with only a minimal budget, Alan Roura is setting out on another four-year project, with a more substantial budget and hence with fresh sporting, human and ideological objectives. With a programme that embraces the greatest races on the IMOCA circuit, culminating with the Vendée Globe 2020, Alan Roura will put these four years of work to good use with the aim of optimising his new steed and updating her through the notable addition of foils, these new appendages which enable yachts to ‘fly’ around the world.
It is a technological challenge par excellence, which will enable the Swiss skipper to compete for the top spots in his next round the world race. It’s also an opportunity for the young sailor to equip his boat with renewable energy systems so as further sublimate the values so cherished in the sailing domain, whilst continuing to promote his country by teaming up with partners who are ready to invest in his project and share the emotions which only offshore racing can access.