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Yes, we are starting this now ;)

For the time being, let's keep track of available boats and with which programme they might end up with, who we think is likely to enter in 2024 (if we make it this far...) and who the lucky sponsor is. Let the rumor games ... a begin!!!

Here's what we know of the boats

Boat available (2020 name) Port Year Foil Designer Asking (*= rumored) Comment
Seaexplorer Monaco 2015 Yes VPLP € 2.5 m suffered damage
Groupe Apicil France 2008 No Finot-Conq € 1 m* refit 2018
Campagne de France France 2006 No Owen-Clarke € 0.49 m Completed VG 2020
Omia  France 2007 No Farr € 0.75 m Completed VG 2020
TSE 4 My Planet France 1998 No Lombard  unknown Completed VG 2020
Eyesea France 2014 No Nandor Fa € 0.8 m Last New-Built w/o foils
One Planet  France 1999 No Owen-Clarke € 0.3 m  
V and B France 2007 Yes VPLP € 1 m*  
Hugo Boss UK 2018 Yes VPLP unknown suffered structural damage
La Fabrique France 2007 Yes Finot-Conq unknown  
Merci NZ 2005 No Lavranos unknown suffered damage

 

And of the skippers:

Skipper Nationality Boat (*=rumored) Designer (*=rumored) Sponsor (*=rumored) Probability
Hare, Pip UK Probably used 2016 gen Unknown Medallia* 70%
Herrmann, Boris GER New* Unknown TBA 80%
Bestaven, Yannick FRA Unknown Unknown TBA 80%
Sorel, Maxime FRA Occitane en Provence* Unknown TBA 80%
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That would be interesting. Charal would surely be one of the boats you would want to have, if you're in the market for a 2nd hand boat. Sam Manuard will be a very interesting designer to watch, will keep VPLP and FC on their heels. I would love to see someone ordering a Thomas Tison project, I think he is on a very interesting path with his latest Mini.

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Skipper Nationality Boat Design Sponsor Start 2024 likely?
Hare, Pip UK Probably used 2016 gen Unknown Medallia* 70%
Herrmann, Boris GER New* Unknown TBA 80%
Bestaven, Yannick FRA Unknown Unknown TBA 80%
Sorel, Maxime FRA Unknown Unknown TBA 50%
Louis Burton FRA Ex-L'Occitane en Provence Sam Manuard Bureau Vallée 99%
Louis Duc FRA Ex-Maitre Coq, PRB (2006) Farr TBA 80%
Violette Dorange FRA Unknown Unknown TBA 40%
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I'm pretty sure it will remain on the circus, it will be a matter of price. If someone is intrigued enough by the upgrades to invest in the structure, then it will die another day. But I agree, probably one of the most worn out newer hulls around with a questionable history. It would be a good platform for someone who sails to arrive, not to compete.

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3 hours ago, Matagi said:
Skipper Nationality Boat Design Sponsor Start 2024 likely?
Hare, Pip UK Probably used 2016 gen Unknown Medallia* 70%
Herrmann, Boris GER New* Unknown TBA 80%
Bestaven, Yannick FRA Unknown Unknown TBA 80%
Sorel, Maxime FRA Unknown Unknown TBA 50%
Louis Burton FRA Ex-L'Occitane en Provence Sam Manuard Bureau Vallée 99%
Louis Duc FRA Ex-Maitre Coq, PRB (2006) Farr TBA 80%
Violette Dorange FRA Unknown Unknown TBA 40%

This is very cool mate, please keep it updated :)

do you think Alex will go again?

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22 minutes ago, 45Roller said:

This is very cool mate, please keep it updated :)

do you think Alex will go again?

Thanks ;)

Alex, sure, 5 times the charme...

Not with Hugo Boss as sponsor, in my opinion, the whole fashion industry is toast.

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35 minutes ago, Matagi said:

Thanks ;)

Alex, sure, 5 times the charme...

Not with Hugo Boss as sponsor, in my opinion, the whole fashion industry is toast.

Yeah true, possibly Ineos will sponsor him 

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49 minutes ago, yl75 said:

Ineos fracking is kind of a tough sponsor to manage regarding PR, somehow

But Alex is quite good at green washing, so why not ..

If you manage that THE professional cycling team promotes your gas guzzling Landy impersonator, you will pull this one off, too.

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Boat available (2020 name) Port Year Foil Designer Asking (*= rumored) Comment
Seaexplorer Monaco 2015 Yes VPLP € 2.5 m suffered damage
Groupe Apicil France 2008 No Finot-Conq € 1 m* refit 2018
Campagne de France France 2006 No Owen-Clarke € 0.49 m Completed VG 2020
Omia  France 2007 No Farr € 0.75 m Completed VG 2020
TSE 4 My Planet France 1998 No Lombard  unknown Completed VG 2020
Eyesea France 2014 No Nandor Fa € 0.8 m Last New-Built w/o foils
One Planet  France 1999 No Owen-Clarke € 0.3 m  
V and B France 2007 Yes VPLP € 1 m*  
Hugo Boss UK 2018 Yes VPLP unknown suffered structural damage
La Fabrique France 2007 Yes Finot-Conq unknown  
Merci NZ 2005 No Lavranos unknown suffered damage
Stark France 2007 No Owen-Clarke unknown last finisher 2021
Pure Best Western France 2007 No Farr unknown  
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On 2/19/2021 at 2:25 PM, stief said:

Building "11-2" and attempting a carbon balance sheet. 

 

Interesting video.

I've noticed VPLP, and 11th Hour have stepped up the press releases.

Is there a connection to: the seeming rift in IMOCA future planning, relatively poor results of new boats in Vendee 2020, reliability issues versus budget?

I sense there are two factions competing for IMOCA future. One side advocating more one design components, to increase reliability, and decrease outrageous budget requirements to remain competitive. And the other a continuation of development, and liberalizing the one design aspects, keels, and masts. 

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12 hours ago, jhc said:

Interesting video.

I've noticed VPLP, and 11th Hour have stepped up the press releases.

Yes, 11th Hour is keeping the press fed (latest here Get to Know Wade Morgan – Build Manager )

As for the musings about the future, agree. The tension between OD and innovation is there. Never did understand the idea that OD stifles innovation, when it seems OD is just the broader implementation of successful innovation. 

The IMOCA Class can benefit making Innovation more open in the pre-VG races, and then go OD on the proven innovations for the Vendee Globe. 

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4 hours ago, stief said:

Yes, 11th Hour is keeping the press fed (latest here Get to Know Wade Morgan – Build Manager )

As for the musings about the future, agree. The tension between OD and innovation is there. Never did understand the idea that OD stifles innovation, when it seems OD is just the broader implementation of successful innovation. 

The IMOCA Class can benefit making Innovation more open in the pre-VG races, and then go OD on the proven innovations for the Vendee Globe. 

I read your long, and short replies. Appreciate your candor, and reluctance to address all the issues around this.

I’m reluctant to take sides, can see some merit to both. 
Leaning toward reliability, safety. And toward promoting a sustainable model, with greater participation. Would be best to promote the sailor’s ability over their organization’s propensity to raise, and spend money.

The sustainability of IMOCA is at stake.

 

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Skipper Nationality Boat Design Sponsor Start 2024 likely?
Hare, Pip UK Probably used 2016 gen Unknown Medallia* 70%
Herrmann, Boris GER New* Unknown TBA 80%
Bestaven, Yannick FRA Unknown Unknown TBA 80%
Sorel, Maxime FRA Unknown Unknown TBA 50%
Louis Burton FRA Ex-L'Occitane en Provence Sam Manuard Bureau Vallée 99%
Louis Duc FRA Ex-Maitre Coq, PRB (2006) Farr TBA 80%
Violette Dorange FRA Unknown Unknown TBA 40%
Phil Sharpe UK Unknown Unknown Zero Emission 40%

 

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On 2/23/2021 at 8:50 PM, huey 2 said:

https://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/235262/?source=email

Phil Sharp announces zero emission hydrogen campaign that will culminate in the 2024 Vendée Globe

I hope that the class gets alternative propulsion systems sorted out for everyone.
Conrad had one in 2016/17, AFAIk there is no reason not to do it again. The OceanVolt system seems also to be a lot more robust at speed than the watt&sea generators. There was quite a bit of unneccesary drama with generators damaged or even ripped off in sudden overspeed events.

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