Imoca Initiatives Coeur 3 skippé par Sam Davies
© Yann Riou/Rivacom

Initiatives Coeur 3

Foncia then Banque Populaire VI then Maître CoQ then Initiatives Coeur 3

Yet another IMOCA with a – very – long career! Originally designed by VPLP, Verdier and Michel Desjoyeaux, the formerly named Foncia was built in the space of a few months. She ran the Route du Rhum and the Barcelona World Race in the weeks immediately following her launch in September 2010.

Imoca Banque Populaire VI skippé par Armel Le Cléac'h
© Benoit Stichelbaut/BPCE

Renamed Banque Populaire VI in 2011 with Armel Le Cléac’h at the helm, she finished third in the Transat Jacques Vabre and second in the Vendée Globe, arriving just a few hours after her sistership Macif.

Under the name of Maître CoQ and commanded by Jérémie Beyou she achieved third place in the 2013 Transat Jacques Vabre and second in the 2014 Route du Rhum. She also managed a podium place in the 2016–17 Vendée Globe thanks to the addition of foils designed by Nick Holroyd.

Imoca Maître CoQ 2013
© C.Breschi

Rebranded Initiatives Coeur 3 in 2017, her new owners placed her in the capable hands of skipper Tanguy de Lamotte. The following season Sam Davies took command and oversaw the fitting of a pair of big new foils. Sadly the British yachtswoman was forced to retire from her main objective, the 2020 Vendée Globe, after hitting an unidentified floating object.

Imoca Initiatives Coeur 3 skippé par Sam Davies
© Vincent Curutchet/Rivacom

Launched

2010

Category

Imoca

Architect

VPLP Design /
Verdier

Builder

CDK Technologies/Green Marine

Materials

carbon

Length

18,28 m

Beam

5,70 m

Draft

4,50 m

Air Draft

29,00 m

Propulsion

sail

Sail Area

300 m2/550 m2

Achievements

2011: 3rd in the Transat Jacques Vabre (Banque Populaire VI, Armel Le Cléac’h & Christopher Pratt)
2013: 2nd in the Vendée Globe (Banque Populaire VI, Armel Le Cléac’h)
2013: 3rd in the Transat Jacques Vabre (Maître CoQ, Jérémie Beyou & Christopher Pratt)
2014: 2nd in the Route du Rhum (Maître CoQ, Jérémie Beyou)
2017: 3rd in the Vendée Globe (Maître CoQ, Jérémie Beyou)
2020: 4th in the Vendée Arctique (Initiatives Coeur, Sam Davies)