Initiatives Coeur had already taken part in two editions of the Vendée Globe. Firstly in the colours of PRB with Vincent Riou in 2008/2009 and then under the name of Akena Vérandas skippered by Arnaud Boissières in the 2012-2013 race. The boat sailed by Tanguy de Lamotte in the 2016 Vendée Globe was unfortunately forced to retire after suffering damage to the top of her mast just six days after the start. Yannick Bestaven: “The boat is now ready to sail and is in good condition. I’ll be launching her in April in Lorient, then she will be based in La Rochelle. I’ll be getting to know her as she is.”
Looking for partners
“Over time and depending on the budget we manage to find, we’ll make tactical choices. In any case I have a great boat here, which will allow me to line up at the start of various ocean races and take out some businessmen that I hope will become partners,” explained Yannick Bestaven. If he gets his budget together, the skipper from La Rochelle plans to take his IMOCA into the yard to add foils and maybe even launch the construction of a new foiler in 2018. This qualified engineer is convinced that for the next Vendée Globe in 2020, to make it to the podium requires having a boat with foils.
© Christophe BreschiHis programme
- April 2017: launch of the boat
- November 2017: christening ceremony and start of the Transat Jacques Vabre
- November 2018: Start of the 2018 Route du Rhum: work to be done on the foils or construction of a new boat
- November 2019: Srtart of the Transat Jacques Vabre
- January 2020: work to prepare her for the Vendée Globe
- November 2020: start of the 9th Vendée Globe
The goal in this busy schedule is to add to her ocean racing successes and to be ready at the end of 2020 to take up the challenge of the Vendée Globe, a dream for this sailor, who has been solo racing for more than fifteen years.