Three new IMOCA 60s

Yvan Zedda / Team Foncia
With Michel Desjoyeaux's new Foncia launching next month we look at the new VPLP-Verdier IMOCA 60s
Michel Desjoyeaux is just in the middle of laminating in the ballast tanks aboard his new IMOCA 60 Foncia when we speak to him. The resin is curing so he has time. This is the third IMOCA 60 he has built. Previously there was PRB, with the the Finot hull and Lombard deck he built and won the 2000 Vendee Globe in, before Vincent Riou took it over and sailed it to victory in the 2004 race. For the last Vendee in 2008-9 Globe Desjoyeaux with his new sponsor Foncia sailed his Farr-designed IMOCA 60 to his second victory in the singlehanded non-stop round the world race. For his latest boat Desjoyeaux chose VPLP, who previously designed his ORMA 60 trimaran Géant, and Guillaume Verdier. The VPLP-Verdier partnership penned Marc Guillemot’s Safran and Kito de Pavant’s Groupe Bel for the last Vendee Globe, Safran achieving success last year when she won the Transat Jacques Vabre. Despite not having the desired result in the last Vendee Globe, VPLP-Verdier are flavor of the month in the French IMOCA world and have three new Open 60 commissions, two of which have been launched this year in Vincent Riou’s latest PRB and Jean-Pierre Dick’s new Virbac-Paprec 3 and finally the new Foncia which is due for launch in the first week of September. So why VPLP/Verdier, we put it to Desjoyeaux? “I wanted to be sure that I could be at the start of the Route du Rhum with a new boat. So while discussing with Vincent Lauriot Prevost he convinced me to make a different new boat instead of just making a new boat and today I can tell you he was right - because I think we have improved as a third generation design from them. I hope it will