Rolled out of her hangar last night (Thursday) and launch today Friday, July 19th, the new Juan K designed IMOCA built for Sebastien Simon sees the light of day after ten months in build.
The monohull looks fabulous under the branding and graphics conceived by Jean-Baptiste Epron. The first observations are that the hull design is not as extreme as some expected.
“The form of the boat is pushed hard but we did not make ridiculous architectural choices. The key word was optimization, "says the Vendée born and bred young skipper Simon.
It is from the small details that the team hopes to gain most in performance. A lot of work has been done to lower the center of gravity of the boat, as well in the structure and build which was tightly controlled to gain from lightness, strength and stiffness,
The first real confrontation happens in a couple of weeks time as the Rolex Fastnet Race beckons with the start on August 3rd in Cowes.