Imoca Prysmian Group
© Jean-Marie Liot

Prysmian Group

StMichel-Virbac then Prysmian Group

StMichel-Virbac involved general studies and used moulds similar to those of her predecessor, Edmond de Rothschild, and was even built at the same yard, Multiplast in Vannes (France).

Imoca StMichel Virbac VPLP design et Verdier
© Yvan Zedda

In addition to a slightly more versatile hull than the previous two foilers (Safran and Banque Populaire VIII), she differed from her sistership through the specific choices made by the team, such as the position of the ballast tanks, shape of the foils, as well as the deck layouts favoured by the skipper.

Imoca StMichel Virbac VPLP design et Verdier
© Yvan Zedda

Building on the firm’s previous collaborations with Jean-Pierre Dick, VPLP benefited considerably from his experience as a veteran of three editions of the Vendée Globe. Winning the 2017 Transat Jacques Vabre and coming second in the Route du Rhum with Yann Eliès at the helm, the boat then ran the 2020 Vendée Globe as Prysmian Group with skipper Giancarlo Pedote, achieving an honourable 8th place.

Imoca Prysmian Group
© Jean-Marie Liot

Launched

2015

Category

Imoca

Architect

VPLP Design /
Verdier

Builder

Multiplast

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

2016: 3rd in The Transat (StMichel-Virbac, Jean-Pierre Dick)
2017: 4th in the Vendée Globe (StMichel-Virbac, Jean-Pierre Dick)
2017: 1st in the Transat Jacques Vabre (StMichel-Virbac, Jean-Pierre Dick & Yann Eliès)
2018: 2nd in the Route du Rhum (Ucar-StMichel, Yann Eliès)
2021: 8th in the Vendée Globe (Prysmian Group, Giancarlo Pedote)