Michel Desjoyeaux's radical new Foncia IMOCA 60

Yvan Zedda / Foncia
The double Vendee Globe winner gives us a tour
Despite these hard economic times three new IMOCA 60s have been launched this year in the VPLP-Verdier designs - Vincent Riou’s latest PRB, Jean-Pierre Dick’s third Virbac-Paprec and most recently the latest Foncia for Michel Desjoyeaux - and beyond this Bernard Stamm has a new Juan K design in build due for launch in March and we understand there is yet another for a Spanish client in build to an Owen Clarke design. However of the three launches to date, none is more radical than the double Vendee Globe winner’s new Foncia. Michel Desjoyeaux’s second Foncia IMOCA 60 was built in record time and was launched just one month prior to the start of the Route du Rhum. In typical MichDes style, on 20 September the boat was craned into the water, underwent the 180deg inversion test required by the IMOCA class rules was rigged and went on her maiden sail...all in one day. Despite her newness the latest Foncia IMOCA 60 has a busy schedule ahead of her and is one of three boats set to be dispatched on a ship at the end of the Route du Rhum bound for Spain, ready to be on the 31 December start line of the Barcelona World Race. To get the build completed in just six months, the components of the new Foncia were built far and wide. Desjoyeaux enjoyed the look of surprise on our face when he told us that the hull had been built on our home turf at Green Marine in Lymington (so the UK does have an IMOCA 60 in the Route du Rhum...) – while the deck was built across the Channel at JMV Industries in Cherbourg. Much of innovation in the design and engineering of the new Foncia has come following the latest iteration of the IMOCA class