© Monnoyeur / Imoca.org


Macif then SMA then Banque Populaire X then Monnoyeur.

Macif was the last of the monohull IMOCAs designed by VPLP and Guillaume Verdier for the 2012–13 Vendée Globe. Hampered by a late launch, which reduced the amount of preparation time available, she nevertheless benefited from all the latest optimizations resulting from VPLP’s continuous research programme.

© Quentin Lucet/VPLP

Such tardiness going in the water didn’t prevent her from winning, under the command of François Gabart, the 2012–13 Vendée Globe and the Route du Rhum in 2014, beating her sistership Banque Populaire by a canvas. Macif secured numerous records including the 24 hour distance record for a single-handed monohull, clocking up 534 nautical miles (since beaten by Hugo Boss).

© Francois Van Malleghem/Grand Prix Guyader

In 2015 she was acquired by Desjoyeaux’s Mer Agitée racing team for Paul Meilhat and SMA. Her very successful and optimized design, which continues to feature straight daggerboards, has been giving foilers a run for their money. She finished second in the 2017 Transat Jacques Vabre and, the following year, secured victory in the Route du Rhum to much acclaim.

Next, under new sponsorship from Banque Populaire, Clarisse Crémer skippered her in the 2020–21 Vendée Globe, finishing in 12th position and, as a result, becoming the fastest woman to sail round the world.

© Alexis Courcoux

Benjamin Ferré will buy the boat Imoca with the objective of participating for the first time in the Vendée Globe 2024 to race with Monnoyeur.








VPLP Design /


CDK Technologies/Green Marine (Grande-Bretagne)




18,28 m


5,70 m


4,50 m

Air Draft

29,00 m



Sail Area

300 m² / 550 m²


2013 : 1st in the Vendée Globe (Macif, François Gabart)

2014 : 1st in the Route du Rhum (Macif, François Gabart)

2017 : 2nd in the Transat Jacques Vabre (SMA, Paul Meilhat & Gwénolé Gahinet)

2018 : 1st in the Route du Rhum (SMA, Paul Meilhat)

2021 : 12th in the Vendée Globe (Banque Populaire X, Clarisse Crémer)