Imoca : les dernières infos Tip & Shaft

The Imoca are 60-foot Open monohull yachts mainly intended to race in the Vendée Globe. Find here the latest news and investigations from Tip & Shaft on the subject.

Imoca Arkea Paprec

Yann Eliès: “I am 100% into my role as co-skipper”

Between taking part in The Ocean Race with Team Malizia and a double-handed season with Yoann Richomme, Yann Eliès is in demand. Next week he will be at the start of the Guyader Bermudes 1000 Race aboard the new Imoca Paprec Arkéa, Tip & Shaft spoke with the triple winner of La Solitaire du Figaro.

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Clarisse Crémer

Clarisse Crémer, bouncing back hard and fast!

A little over two months after announcing Banque Populaire’s decision to part company with her, Clarisse Crémer is once again focused on the Vendée Globe 2024, with a boat, the ex-Apivia, a team, Alex Thomson Racing, and a partner, L’Occitane en Provence. Tip & Shaft tells you the story of this express return from the brink.

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Flotte Imoca The Ocean Race

The Ocean Race: lessons learned from an XXL leg

Finishing up with Team Malizia’s victory ahead of Team Holcim-PRB, the third leg of The Ocean Race was full of twists and turns, a giant stage – the longest ever-lasting more than 35 days. Meteo ace Christian Dumard, Imoca skippers Charlie Dalin and Thomas Ruyant, designers Quentin Lucet (VPLP Design) and Hervé Penfornis (Guillaume Verdier), Antoine Mermod, president of Imoca, as well as The Ocean Race director Johan Salén, speak to Tip and Shaft to give us their first assessment.

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Imoca Thomas Ruyant

How the ‘For People’ project with two boats was set up

Designed by Antoine Koch and the Finot-Conq studio, Thomas Ruyant’s Imoca For People was launched last Thursday in Lorient. It carries the colors of both Advens and Leyton, who are combined in a twinned project which links Ruyant the winner of the Route du Rhum 2022 with the Briton Sam Goodchild. Tip & Shaft tells you more. 

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Antoine Koch Paprec Arkéa pour Tip & Shaft

Antoine Koch decodes the new Imoca Paprec Arkéa

Paprec Arkéa will be launched on February 22 in Lorient. It was designed by Antoine Koch and the Finot-Conq studio as was the new Imoca for Thomas Ruyant, launched in March. And so this is a timely opportunity for Tip & Shaft to discuss with the engineer/architect Koch.

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Clarisse Crémer

Clarisse Crémer left on the dock, Banque Populaire in the eye of a storm

Banque Populaire announced on Thursday noon that they have been “forced to change skipper” for the next Vendée Globe thereby confirming the information revealed a few minutes earlier by Clarisse Crémer. Their decision, motivated by the Cremer having fallen behind in the race for qualifying miles due to her maternity plus the “inflexibility” of the organization of the Vendée Globe despite the sponsor’s requests has provoked a big reaction. Tip & Shaft tells you more.

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Phil Sharp OceansLab

Phil Sharp: “A great concept for the Vendée Globe”

Britain’s Phil Sharp announced this week that he will have the third Sam Manuard designed IMOCA to be built by Black Pepper Yachts. One of the most successful Class40 skippers of recent years, is also a highly talented mechanical engineer. With his OceansLab he plans to highlight the hydrogen fuel cell technology system which he co-invented and is presently commercialising for the leisure and commercial marine sectors.

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