Sponsors CORUM L’Épargne have confirmed that the new IMOCA CORUM L’Épargne has been launched today in Port-la-Forêt. This marks the next stage in the preparation of this new generation IMOCA which is set to start the Vendée Globe on November 8, with the double winner of the Solitaire du Figaro Nicolas Troussel at the helm.
Begun more than one year ago, the completion of the IMOCA CORUM L’Épargne now enters its final, crucial phase. After months of work by the naval architect, Juan Kouyoumdjian, and Mer Agitée the yard of Michel Desjoyeaux, as builder and main contractors, the boat was put in the water today.
The launch of the boat and activities on the site today were carried out in strict compliance with health safety measures (barriers and physical distancing, reduced number of team personnel present on site simultaneously and the disinfection of equipment) as imposed by the pandemic Covid - 19. Several structural, system and measurment rules tests will follow during the coming days.
The CORUM L’Épargne project has been up against time constraints from the very beginning and so required agility and adaptability, qualities which have proven all the more essential recently.
While staying strictly in accordance with official guidelines, Nicolas Troussel will now be able to work to prepare the boat and make it more reliable with the help of several top level aces, Nicolas Lunven, Sébastien Josse and Thomas Rouxel.
Commenting Greg Evrard, Director of the CORUM L'Épargne team said, “Adaptability, selflessness and creativity are obviously essential attributes required to keep this project moving forwards in a responsible manner taking account of everything, the events we are going through. I'm proud of the way this recently formed team has done so far. This mindset is very much required to meet the challenge of the Vendée Globe. "
Nicolas Troussel, Skipper of the CORUM L'Épargne team, double winner of the Figaro solo
"This launch opens a new chapter. So far, we have been in the build and organization phase. Now, whilst being attentive to the evolution of the health situation, I look forward to being able to sail. I look forward to being able getting going and feel the first sensations of balance and speed. I know my team is fully geared towards the success of the project. ”