Jocelyn Blériot recounts the story of a rather remarkable sailing boat

With two round-the-world crowns, three Route du Rhum wins and a quiver of oceanic records to her name, Idec Sport is a breed apart. Launched in 2006, the VPLP-designed trimaran is to date the fastest round-the-world sailing craft. And just as Franck Cammas had done at her helm, Francis Joyon successively captured the Jules Verne Trophy (40 days) and went on to win the Rhum a few months later. We look back on the genesis, birth and evolutions of the most decorated offshore multihull on the planet

‘In hindsight,’ says her designer Vincent Lauriot-Prévost, to try to explain why this mighty trimaran continues to be just as successful 12 years after her launch, ‘I think it comes down to the fact that all the choices made during her conception were audacious ones.

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