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Fabrice Amedeo's OC design IMOCA 60 launched

Posted on 30th March 2024

Fabrice Amedeo's IMOCA 60 launched on Friday will be called "Nexans-Wewise

Fabrice Amedeo's Owen Clarke (OC) IMOCA Open 60 was launched on Friday morning in Lorient with its new keel, designed and built over the winter. Also, a new partner has joined the project: Wewise, a company dedicated to renewable energies and photovoltaic. This is invaluable support for the skipper, who intends to complete the next Vendée Globe without using renewable energy only, no fossil fuels, and who also has a strong programme of oceanographic measurements and collaboration with the scientific community.

Fabrice Amedeo’s Owen Clarke Design renewable energy IMOCA 60 Nexans WeWise entered in the 2024 Vendee Globe being launched at La Base, Lorient.

It's a great day for Fabrice Amedeo and his team. The boat, which will be lining up at the start of the Vendée Globe on 10th November, was launched at dawn in Lorient following an optimisation and reliability refit in co-operation with the OC office which included a new keel and bulb designed by OC. It's an opportunity for the skipper to look ahead to his third Vendée Globe, but also to unveil the new colours of the project: a "Nexans - Wewise" boat for a round-the-world voyage dedicated to preserving the oceans and the energy transition.

Fabrice Amedeo’s IMOCA 60 Nexans WeWise entered in the 2024 Vendee Globe has a new keel from UK designers and naval architects Owen Clarke Design

This boat is equipped with 15m2 of solar panels that will permanently recharge the batteries during its circumnavigation. The system was tested this autumn during the Transat Jacques Vabre between Le Havre and La Martinique, then during the return transatlantic race. The aim is to sail around the world powered using renewable energy only, by the wind, recharging the batteries without using fossil fuels - a challenge that highlights the importance of the energy transition and sobriety. The entire system - batteries, solar panels and onboard systems - was checked and made reliable during the winter refit. The double crossing of the Atlantic between France and New York in the spring (the Transat CIC on the outward leg and the New York - Vendée on the return leg) will provide further proof of the boat's ability to rely solely on solar energy, albeit with hydro-generators as a secondary source of power.

More information regarding Owen Clarke's participation in the IMOCA class since it was founded can be found here.

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