Like the Vendée Globe boats, offshore racing is trying to reduce the sail

Like the Vendée Globe boats, offshore racing is trying to reduce the sail
Like the Vendée Globe boats, offshore racing is trying to reduce the sail

Published on May 9, 2024 at 3:53 p.m. / Modified on May 9, 2024 at 5:30 p.m.

On August 28, 2019, an Imoca points the tip of its bow under the nose of the Statue of Liberty. On board, German navigator Boris Herrmann, one of the stars of ocean racing. With him, Greta Thunberg, a passenger who does not go unnoticed. To get to a climate conference in the Big Apple, the ecological activist chose a “gentle” mode of transport. A boon for the detractors of the young Swede who are having a field day. “Use a boat”full carbon” to go to a conference on the climate, you had to dare,” chirps a trade show opponent.

If the initiative makes some smile (yellow), it still poses a central question. Do these ultra-modern racing boats have a real reason to exist at a time of the all-out fight against climate change? Five years later, not one, but 25 Imocas have landed since Monday off the coast of New York, the port of arrival for The Transat CIC. Leading the way? The French Yoann Richomme and his Paprec Arkéa launched in 2023. A bomb. He is ahead of a certain Boris Herrmann, alone on board this time, as required by the notice of race.

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