Imoca Charal skippé par Jérémie Beyou
© Gauthier Lebec/Charal

Charal

Launched in late summer 2018, Charal was the first IMOCA to be designed specifically for foils. Her skipper Jérémie Beyou wanted her to have a certain versatility, to be able to perform on other points of sail than reaching.

Imoca Charal Jérémie Beyou
© Gauthier Lebec/Charal

While her architects reduced her freeboard in the bow and the stern, the midships section had to be higher for her to pass the stability tests. Charal is the result of some very advanced studies, in particular relating to the CFD of light displacement craft, with her enormous foils taking the load, attention being focused on limiting hydrodynamic drag.

It was clear from her earliest trials on the water that Charal’s potential for generating power was propelling these types of boat into a new era of “semi-flight”. In the lead up to the 2020 Vendée Globe, Jérémie Beyou and his team tested three pairs of foils and had some modifications made to the bow. Unfortunately an incident at the outset prevented the skipper from playing a leading role in the race. After the Vendée Globe the bow was once again modified to reduce digging in, to better bounce off the water. The boat is expected to go on sale in 2022.

Launched

2018

Category

Imoca

Architect

VPLP Design

Builder

CDK Technologies /
Green Marine (UK)

Materials

carbon

Length

18,28 m

Beam

5,60 m

Draft

4,50 m

Air Draft

29,00 m

Propulsion

sail

Sail Area

300 m2/550 m2

Achievements

2019: 1st in the Fastnet Race (Charal, Jérémie Beyou)
2019: 3rd in the Transat Jacques Vabre (Charal, Jérémie Beyou & Christopher Pratt)
2020: 1st in the Vendée Arctique (Charal, Jérémie Beyou)
2021: 13th in the Vendée Globe (Charal, Jérémie Beyou)