Isabelle JOSCHKE


Isabelle JOSCHKE

43 years old


After years of fighting on the Figaro circuit, Isabelle Joschke has returned to her favourite playing field - the high seas - through the front door with the Vendée Globe. The French-German navigator shows her talent best when on long distance races. She discovered sailing at the Glénans school and started her career in 2005 when she decided to enter the Mini circuit. After a first transatlantic crossing, she launched an ambitious project by building a prototype aimed at winning.

She held a series of podiums and even won the first leg of the Mini-Transat. This convinced her sponsor to follow her on the Figaro circuit. She learned racing alone, the rigor required when a victory is within minutes only. In 2016, she started on Class40 where her expertise in trajectory and her time management work wonders. She was by far the front runner in The Transat in 2016 when she had to retire following delamination of the hull. But her view was clear : there is nothing better than the Vendée Globe to express her love of open oceans  . By developing her IMOCA project, Isabelle has become one of the six potential female candidates of the 2020 edition. A real satisfaction for this woman who has always encouraged real mixity between off-shore racing and sport in general.




IMOCA monohull

  • Sail number : FRA 27
  • The boat’s previous names: Quéguiner - Safran
  • Designer: Verdier - VPLP
  • Chantier : Chantier Naval de Larros
  • Launch Date: 04 July 2007
  • Length: 18,28m
  • Beam: 5,60m
  • Draught: 4,50m
  • Displacement (weight): 7,7t
  • Number of drifts: foils
  • Mast height: 27m
  • Keel blade: acier
  • Upwind sail area: 300m2
  • Downwind sail area: 650m2

MASCF marked a rupture in the history of the Vendée Globe. Built for Marc Guillemot in 2007, this Verdier-VPLP plan contrasted sharply with the common standards at the time based only on gaining additional power. Safran (today called MACSF) bet on lightness by using a particularly sophisticated design. Since then, the philosophy which prevailed during the construction of the prototype has evolved. The evolution of building techniques has permitted to build more powerful boats while preserving the assets of the 2007 prototype. By adding foils to her boat and taking advantage of Alain Gautier’s valuable advice, Isabelle Joschke hopes to give a second wind to the prototype which has inspired two generations of sailboats since the Vendée Globe 2008.



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