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Vendee Globe 2020 - Owen Clarke IMOCA 60s set off

Posted on 8th November 2020

Owen Clarke don’t have a new foiling IMOCA 60 in the 2020 edition of the Vendée Globe, which of course is undeniably a disappointment for us. However, we still have some great skippers and historic Open 60s in this year’s event to follow. Some of the boats could probably sail themselves around they’ve completed the course so many times! We’re pretty sure One Planet One Ocean already holds the record for solo circumnavigations, which started with a second place for Ellen MacArthur in the 2000 Vendée Globe. Good luck all, a shame we can’t be with you in LSD for the first time ever, but hope to be allowed to greet you on your safe return in 2021
One Planet One Ocean – Didac Costa (Spain)

Originally designed for Ellen Mac Arthur, this venerable 60 finished second in the Vendée Globe 2000 behind Michel Desjoyeaux.  Didac Costa will be sailing aboard her for the third time around the world having finished the Barcelona World Race and the last edition of the Vendée. Didac and his brother Pep, with some support from FNOB and ourselves worked hard this year to refit and lighten the boat in readiness for this edition of the race.

Former names: Kingfisher - Educacion sin Fronteras - Forum Maritim Catala - One Planet One Ocean & Pharmaton
Construction: Martens Yachts - February 2000
IMOCA Displacement: 8,9t
Upwind sail area: 240m2

Campagne de France – Miranda Merron (UK)

Photo credit: Lois Van Melleghem/Campagne de France

A veteran now of four round-the-worlds (two Vendée Globes and two Barcelona World Races), originally designed by Owen Clarke for Swiss sailor Dominique Wavres for the 2007 Barcelona World Race in which he finished third. Now immaculately prepared by her partner Halvard Mabire, this time she’ll be sailed by British professional yachtswoman and former Jules Vernes competitor Miranda Merron, in the race of her life.

Temenos, Mirabaud, Great America IV
Construction: Southern Ocean Marine - May 2006
Displacement: 8,5t
Upwind sail area: 330m2

La Mie Caline Artipol - Arnaud Boissieres (France)

Arnaud (Cali), is making his fourth Vendée Globe on the boat that was Ecover 3, built for Mike Golding in 2007, in which he led the 2008 fleet until he was dis-masted. One of only a few 60s still sporting carbon keel fins, she has been refitted recently with foils by Mich Desj’s Mer Agitee team. “I don’t see myself doing a fourth Vendée Globe just to enter the book of world records.” Cali is determined to beat his best placed 7 th place, achieved in his first time around.

Former names: Ecover3, Président, Gamesa, Kilcullen Voyager Team Ireland
Construction : Hakes Marine - August 2007
IMOCA Displacement: 7,9 tonnes
Upwind sail area: 300 m²

Stark – Ari Husela (Finland)

Ari, an airline pilot for Finnair is the first Scandinavian to compete in the race. Ari has competed in the Mini Transat and several Trans-Atlantics now with his 60, preparing for the challenge of competing in this Everest of solo racing. Stark was built for Dee Caffari and has proved itself after three round-the-world races (one Vendée Globe and two Barcelona World Race). This powerful boat underwent a number of modifications this year including a new Owen Clarke hybrid forged fin with composite fairings.

Former names: Aviva - GAES Centros Auditivos
Construction: Hakes Marine – December 2007
IMOCA displacement: 8,5t
Upwind sail area: 270m2
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