VIDEO: Discussing the IMOCA Foils
Published on November 6th, 2015
The 12th edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre had 20 entrants in the 60-foot IMOCA class, with close attention given to five new generation VPLP-Verdier designed boats that include side foils.
The high attrition rate of the race has included the retirement of four of these boats, with only skippers Armel Le Cléac’h and Erwan Tabarly on Banque Populaire VIII still competing, while the other four succumbed to insurmountable issues.
This video explains the science of the design, and what the skippers said before the start of the race on October 25.
12th edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre in brief
• A legendary race 22 years old and 2015 marks the 12th edition
• Two founding partners: the city of Le Havre and brand Jacques Vabre
• Four classes on the starting line: Class40, Multi50, IMOCA and Ultimate
• Starting October 25 in Le Havre (FRA) for the 5400nm course to Itajaí (BRA)
Report by event media.