Release date : 26th August 2008
Architect : VPLP
Weight: 21 tonnes
Number of crew aboard: 11
Maximum speed: 90 km/h
4th fastest round the world reference time in 47d, 10h
An extraordinary trimaran
Brought into the world in 2008, the largest racing trimaran ever built teamed up with Spindrift in 2013, having secured the round the world record in the hands of Loïck Peyron and his crew of 13 sailors. Renamed and repackaged, this giant of the seas would quickly smash the Discovery Route record between Cadiz – Spain and San Salvador – Bahamas (2013) and gain renown in several legendary races including the Rolex Fastnet Race, the Route du Rhum and the Transat Québec – Saint-Malo. Designed for crewed sailing, the Maxi was transformed for solo configuration in 2014 to enable her skipper Yann Guichard to line up for the start of the Route du Rhum, which ultimately saw him take second place. This was one of the most ambitious sporting challenges of the 21st century, just a single man at the helm of the world’s largest offshore racing trimaran originally designed to be sailed by 14 sailors. A demonstration of technical and human wizardry, the performance has since gone on to become part of the legend that colours the queen of transatlantic races.
Objective Jules Verne Trophy
In crewed configuration, the major goal centres on the legendary Jules Verne Trophy, whose course the crew managed to complete in 2016 with the second fastest time in history (third fastest time today)*, making crew member Dona Bertarelli the fastest woman to sail around the world in the process. In 2019, the maxi-trimaran bagged the new record for the Ushant – equator section of the course in a time of 4 days 19 hours and 57 minutes, on her third attempt at the Jules Verne Trophy. Between June 2020 and March 2021, countless improvements were made to the maxi-trimaran at the Multiplast yard with the aim of maximising her future performance. In this way, she returns to the record hunting fray in her most optimised form ever, in readiness for a fourth attempt in the winter of 2021.
*fourth best time ever, including the solo record attempt posted by F. Gabart.