40 years old


Alexia Barrier could be the absolute reference in terms of tenacity. When she engaged in her Vendée Globe 2020 project, she first counts on her immense determination to take the start. But this young woman has several assets to put forth : first of all, she gathered a group of companies, institutions and patrons around her project in order to acquire in February 2018 Le Pingouin - the IMOCA sailed by Catherine Chabaud on the 2000 Vendée Globe. Since then, Alexia hasn’t missed an opportunity to reach her objectives. In terms of racing, she has taken the start of all the races in the IMOCA Globe Series, without exception. This has enabled her to be, to this day, the navigator with the highest number of miles in the race to selections. In terms of financing and promotion of her adventure, the Mediterranean girl uses all possible means, developing initiatives to create the buzz. Accomplished sportswoman and committed citizen, she is able to line up for a triathlon as well as organize a day event for the benefit of women in situation of exclusion either to make aware pupils of  the necessity to save the oceans. Commited that offshore racing and protection of oceans are going together, she never stop promote her project 4myplanet. Created in 2009, her non profit society looks for preserve the oceans  through environmental concrete actions. Although she is still looking to balance her budget yet to take the start in November 2020, we can be sure she will do her best to succed…



IMOCA monohull

  • Sail number : FRA72
  • The boat’s previous names: Famille Mary Etamine du Lys, Initiatives Coeur, Le Pingouin
  • Designer: Marc Lombard
  • Chantier : MAG France
  • Launch Date: 01 March 1998
  • Length: 18,28m
  • Beam: 5,54m
  • Draught: 4,50m
  • Displacement (weight): 9t
  • Number of drifts: 2
  • Mast height: 29m
  • Keel blade: acier
  • Upwind sail area: 260m2
  • Downwind sail area: 580m2

Designed by Marc Lombard for Catherine Chabaud’s Vendée Globe 2000, 4myPlanet is going to take the start of its seventh round-the-world and its fifth Vendée Globe. Needless to say that this simple and perfectly reliable boat knows the route perfectly. Before Alexia Barrier acquired it, the boat had its glory days when winning the Velux Five Oceans 2010-2011 in the hands of American Brad Van Liew and finishing third in Around Alone with Italian Simone Biancetti. Despite its old built, it is a seaworthy boat, lightweight and easy to use. In other words, the ideal machine to discover the Southern seas and experience completely the adventure of the Vendée Globe.



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