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.
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).
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.
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.