Ready for take off

The solo round The world race could be The fastest, fiercest and hairi­est yet. elaine bunt­ing re­ports

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Af­ter solo skip­per Sébastien Josse took his boat Groupe Ed­mond de Roth­schild off­shore for a pho­to­shoot last year, the video footage went vi­ral. In 25-30 knots of wind, Josse screamed off on a broad reach to show the new foils in ac­tion. When his boat rode up on them you could see the whole bow sec­tion fly­ing clear of the water then plung­ing though the tops of waves.

How­ever ex­treme the ex­pe­ri­ence may have looked, this will be the re­al­ity of the Vendée Globe solo round the world race. It will be fast, fierce and at times as pum­melling as front row rugby. The IMOCA 60s, al­ways at the lead­ing edge of ocean­go­ing mono­hull de­sign, have taken an­other leap for­ward and when the race be­gins on 6 Novem­ber, it could be the ballsi­est in its hard­core 27-year his­tory.

A new gen­er­a­tion of semi-foil­ing yachts, five brand new and two re­fit­ted older boats, will turbo boost the speed of this race in power reach­ing con­di­tions and push it to a new level of brute ve­loc­ity.

Some say that in the right con­di­tions these foil-sport­ing boats are two knots or more quicker.

The new boats, all Vplp/verdier de­signs, are Banque

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