It is always an exciting moment for sailors, especially when they are discovering a new project. After two months of work on his new IMOCA, Alan Roura could not hide his emotions on seeing that his dream will continue. The 24-year old Swiss skipper, who finished twelfth in the last Vendée Globe on one of the oldest boats in the fleet, is about to begin a new chapter in his ocean racing career: “It was two months ago that La Fabrique renewed their trust in me and that I got this new boat, which is much newer than my faithful Superbigou, but while she was in the shed, it was difficult to see how she really measured up. With the new boat in the water, I can now see that it is going to continue. It was a fantastic day and I am particularly happy.”
First trrip later next week
The boat was put back in the water and her mast restepped, but there is still a lot left to fit aboard La Fabrique before her first sail: “After refitting the boom, we need to refit the deck hardware and the running rigging (blocks, lines…) in order to refit her completely. Within the week, the sails will be back ready and we will then be able to have our first trip on her with Fred (Denis, Alan’s co-skipper for the Transat Jacques Vabre), who is racing in the Rolex Fastnet Race this weekend. I can’t wait.” After their first outing, Alan and Frédéric will carry out their qualification for November’s double-handed transatlantic race, then continue their training on a Figaro, while the sails are sent away to be painted. They have a busy schedule ahead of them to get to know their way around the boat.
Source: La Fabrique Sailing Team