The conception and design of this new monohull was led by naval architecture firm Guillaume Verdier, already involved in the construction of the first Imoca Apivia, as was Charlie Dalin, still very much involved thanks to his training as a naval architect.

MerConcept’s engineers will also be at the heart of this construction project, as they were during the design of Apivia, drawing on the experience acquired during the boat’s operation, including sailing observations and performance studies. The technical and sports management of the project will also be located at MerConcept, in Concarneau, which will be the boat’s home port.

Above all, this new boat is a fine example of French know-how, with 95% of parts coming from French industry. No fewer than 7 French regions supply the various components needed to build the Imoca, and Apivia Macif Mutuelle is very sensitive to this national approach.

Between now and 2026, Charlie Dalin will be lining up for the most legendary races: Route du Rhum (2022 and 2026), Transat Jacques Vabre (2023 and 2025) and with his sights set on the legendary Vendée Globe 2024, in which Charlie will be aiming for victory after his second-place finish in the 2020 edition.