IMOCA Globe Series61th
Points13 pts
Top performanceFirst non-French entrant in the overall rankings of the Solitaire du Figaro 2022
Joined Imoca on2023
TeamOliver Heer Ocean Racing
BaseVevey (SUISSE)


The sailor from Vevey, a small town on the shores of Lake Geneva, is increasingly establishing himself as a rising star in ocean racing.

It's not often that French sailors pay almost unanimous tribute to the invaders! However, Nils Palmieri has won the praise of his contemporaries on the Figaro circuit. After a very complicated start to the season in more ways than one, the sailor from Vevey turned things around during the flagship event of the Figaro Class championship. He was named the most combative sailor of the 52nd edition during the three legs of this Solitaire du Figaro. This XXL performance (6th, the best Swiss result behind Laurent Bourgnon's victory and Dominique Wavre's 2nd place) will go down as the most accomplished of his career.

This recognition and this prize are of incalculable value to me,"he explains. Even more than the raw result, 6th, it's the way I sailed that has been rewarded. I never gave up in any of the three legs. And each time I was in the match for victory or the podium, having chosen my own path. That was my objective before the start: I wanted to ride Palmieri and I rode Palmieri! And the fact that that's what the organisers are putting forward is really something for me.

He is now Oliver Heer's co-skipper on the next Défi Azimut.

Sailing Highlights

2023: Défi Azimut-Lorient Agglomération - 21st
Spi Ouest-France - 7th (Figaro with crew)
2022: Solitaire du Figaro - 6th
2022: Solo Maître Coq - 16th
2022: Sardinha Cup - 14th with Pierre Le Roy2021: 7th in Solo Maître Coq
2021: Double-handed Transat - Winner with Julien Villion

2021: Tour of Brittany - 15th with Laurane Mettraux
2021 : La Solitaire du Figaro - 20th
2019: Class A World Championship - 12th
2016: Normandy Channel Race - 13th with Bertrand DELESNE
2015: Transat Jacques Vabre - 5th with Bertrand DELESNE
2015 : Les Sables - Horta - Les Sables - 3rd with Bertrand DELESNE
2015 : Les Sables - Horta - Les Sables - 4th (Stage 2)
2012: Bol d'Or - Winner


Sail numberSUI 49
ArchitectFarr Yacht Design
Construction2007, Nouvelle-Zélande
Former namesGitana Eighty, 1876, W Hotels, Renault Z.E., Synerciel, GAES Centros Auditivos, Newrest-Matmut, Newrest-Brioches Pasquier, Family Mary-Etamine du Lys, Pure-Family Mary, Pure - Best Western
Length18,28 m
Beam5,80 m
Draught4,50 m
Weight9 tonnes
Mast height29 m
Mast typeClassical mast
Sail area max.
Upwind270 m2
Downwind560 m2