60 years old


For years now, Erik Nigon has been fighting with admirable perseverance. By associating his  off-shore racing passion with his endless battle against the ravages of AIDS, Erik helps ensure that this essential cause isn’t forgotten. First, it was on Class40, then on Multi50 before he decided to try the Vendée Globe in which he hopes to send out this universal message : the fight against the AIDS virus requires constant attention, but also financial aid and everyone’s unwavering commitment.


So what does it matter if he sometimes has difficulty making ends meet and can’t yet be sure that he’ll go all the way in the Vendée Globe adventure ? Race after race, he has succeeded in convincing partners in order to defend his cause on the oceans. He is progressing step by step even if his path is fraught with difficulties. Each start of the race with the colours of the red ribbon is a small victory. More than an off-shore performance, it is sharing a real life experience that the sailors offers his partners.



IMOCA monohull

  • Sail number : FRA35
  • The boat’s previous names: Bureau Vallée - Delta Dore
  • Designer: Farr Yacht Design
  • Chantier : JMV Industries - Cherbourg
  • Launch Date: 08 August 2006
  • Length: 18,28m
  • Beam: 5,80m
  • Draught: 4,50m
  • Displacement (weight): 9 t
  • Number of drifts: 2
  • Mast height: 29,7m
  • Keel blade: acier
  • Upwind sail area: 300m2
  • Downwind sail area: 600m2

Built for Jérémie Beyou for his 2008 Vendée Globe, this Farr plan was steered by Louis Burton for his first tacks on an IMOCA. In 2011, the boat underwent serious changes to become lighter and more ergonomic. At the end of the Vendée Globe 2016 and Louis’s 7th place, Erik Nigon took hold of the boat for a new life with the colors of the red ribbon. Despite not being able to rival newly-built boats, it will have a part to play among the more “conventional” ones.

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