Alan ROURA

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Alan ROURA

24 years old

Lorient (France)

A newcomer among the contenders for the next Vendée Globe, Alan Roura is however certainly not inexperienced. After a few years being brought up on Lake Geneva, he spent his teenage years on the Atlantic and Pacific swell. At the age of 13, he decided to give up going to school to go through the school of life. Boatyards in South America, maintaining yachts and luxury charter boats in Tahiti, working on tin in Grenada, a solid all-rounder, he developed a solid character with a passion for the sea handed down from father to son.

When he began to talk about sailing around the world, he was told to try sailing a Mini to begin with. Speaking several languages, his young face has already been tanned and scorched by the years spent sailing around the oceans. In 2012 he moved to Brittany with the clear intention of racing. He achieved this at the age of twenty, finishing in an honourable eleventh place aboard his small 6.50m boat in the big transatlantic race for beginners, although he had the smallest budget in the fleet.

In the following year, he was back solo racing. This time in Class40 and in the legendary Route du Rhum. Setting out from St-Malo, in late October 2014 aboard his boat, Exocet, which he had enthusiastically prepared with youthful energy in spite of having little funding. However, he was to suffer some damage, which stopped him in his tracks and dashed his hopes in the Bay of Biscay.

A blow for the Swiss sailor, who continued to dream of sailing around the world. In 2015, he was off again in the double-handed transatlantic race. He would complete this long crossing. With a pit stop, it was to teach him a lot on his journey to the start of the eighth Vendée Globe, where your worth isn’t determined by your age.

Alan will be the youngest competitor in the Vendée Globe. He will be racing against many sailors who are as old as his father and some who are as old as his grandfather. He will be exactly a third of the age of Rich Wilson, for example. But what difference does it make to be 44 years older or younger in this big adventure?

LA FABRIQUE

IMOCA monohull

LA FABRIQUE
  • Sail number : sui7
  • The boat’s previous names: Armor-Lux/Foies Gras Bizac ; We Are Water
  • Designer: Pierre Rolland
  • Chantier : Globe Surfer-Lesconil (29) - Bernard Stamm et son équipe
  • Launch Date: 01 July 2000
  • Length: 18.28 m
  • Beam: 5.70 m
  • Draught: 4.50 m
  • Displacement (weight): 8.5 tonnes
  • Number of drifts: 1
  • Mast height: 26.80 m
  • Upwind sail area: 290 m²
  • Downwind sail area: 550 m²

Alan Roura has got his hands on an emblematic boat from the start of the century. She is none other than the famous Superbigou, which belonged to another Swiss sailor, well known by fans of the Vendée Globe, Bernard Stamm, who built her in his garden in Lesconil (Finistère). Work began on her in 1997 and was completed in the summer of 2000. Aboard this boat, Stamm set sail in the 2000-2001 Vendée Globe, but was unfortunately forced to retire a few days later. But the Swiss skipper grabbed the North Atlantic monohull record before winning two editions of Around Alone, the solo round the world race with stopovers. It is therefore aboard a very historic boat that Alan Roura will set off at the start of the next Vendée Globe. 

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  • Press conference during Finish arrival of Alan Roura (SUI), skipper La Fabrique, 12th of the sailing circumnavigation solo race Vendee Globe, in Les Sables d'Olonne, France, on February 20th, 2017 - Photo Olivier Blanchet / DPPI / Vendee GlobeArrivée de Alan Roura (SUI), skipper La Fabrique, 12ème du Vendee Globe, aux Sables d'Olonne, France, le 20 Février 2017 - Photo Olivier Blanchet / DPPI /

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  • Press conference during Finish arrival of Alan Roura (SUI), skipper La Fabrique, 12th of the sailing circumnavigation solo race Vendee Globe, in Les Sables d'Olonne, France, on February 20th, 2017 - Photo Olivier Blanchet / DPPI / Vendee Globe

Arrivée de Alan Roura (SUI), skipper La Fabrique, 12ème du Vendee Globe, aux Sables d'Olonne, France, le 20 Février 2017 - Photo Olivier Blanchet / DPPI /

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  • Finish arrival of Alan Roura (SUI), skipper La Fabrique, 12th of the sailing circumnavigation solo race Vendee Globe, in Les Sables d'Olonne, France, on February 20th, 2017 - Photo Olivier Blanchet / DPPI / Vendee GlobeArrivée de Alan Roura (SUI), skipper La Fabrique, 12ème du Vendee Globe, aux Sables d'Olonne, France, le 20 Février 2017 - Photo Olivier Blanchet / DPPI / Vendee Globe

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Contact Press

Aurélia MOURAUD
aurelia.mouraud@hotmail.fr
+33 6 22 04 74 20

Contact La Fabrique
Gérard Sermier
Agence Média Impact 
g.sermier@mediaimpact.ch
+41 22 732 59 97

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