The race that launched 1,000
careers – (well, a lot anyway)

Fifteen years after its launch the Marc Lombard-designed Figaro 2 used for the iconic solo race of the same name will give way to a foil-equipped one-design from VPLP. Veteran racer Fred Augendre went for an (important) sail…

It is no exaggeration that the new Figaro monotype that will come into service in 2019 looks like an Imoca. With its big nose and evolving bilge profile running right to the bow, the Figaro 3 irresistibly evokes the lines of Banque Populaire VIII, winner of the last Vendée Globe in the hands of Armel le Cléach, Hugo Boss, Saint Michel Virbac and even Safran 1, the first 60-footer born of the architectural collaboration between VPLP and Guillaume Verdier 10 years ago.

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