MOD70 to Maxi-Trimaran

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Relaunch complete..

Alongside it’s partners IDEC Group, CIC, Wipro, and Richard Mille, the team of The Famous Project relaunched the Maxi trimaran IDEC SPORT today, Friday, May 31. The boat took to the water in Vannes, in front of the Multiplast shipyard, which constructed the giant trimaran in 2006. After five months of work, the legendary sailboat, triple winner of the Route du Rhum and holder of the Jules Verne Trophy since 2017, returned to its natural element. The boat is now based in her home port of LaTrinité-sur-Mer.

Captain Alexia Barrier, will now be able to gradually take command of the 31.50-meter giant. A busy summer lies ahead, which Alexia and her team will use to fine-tune the boat while continuing the delicate selection of the crew set to attempt theJules Verne Trophy record in 2025.

@ Jean-Marie Liot
@ Jean-Marie Liot

Thus, a new chapter begins for Alexia Barrier, who will now take the helm of her ultimate dream: in an attempt on the Jules Verne Trophy record with an all-female crew. She has chosen the boat that has held the title since 2017, the Maxi trimaran IDECSPORT, which Francis Joyon and his five crew members led to the pinnacle of ocean records, achieving a time that is now legendary: 40 days, 23 hours, and 30 minutes.

The sailboat, launched in June 2006 under the colors of Groupama, greatly deserved a thorough and detailed inspection. “We stripped the boat completely bare,” explains Alexia. “Everything that needed to be changed was replaced within our budget limits,” continues the sailor from Antibes. “With its new design by Jean-Baptiste Epron, the boat seems to have regained a second youth.”

“Hulls, bulkheads, arms, and mast were meticulously inspected for the slightest weakness or signs of aging. All hardware, standing and running rigging, were disassembled and checked in the finest detail,” adds Eric Lamy, (a former member of the Groupama Sailing Team), who knows the ship perfectly and led the work with eight people.

A new era opens for The Famous Project team and Alexia. Taming the giant and discovering its secrets for her female crew will take time and many miles. Finding the right sailors to accompany her is still the subject of a meticulous recruitment campaign that is not yet complete. “There is no shortage of female talent in sailing,”Alexia insists. “IDEC SPORT is open to the world and to all female sailors who dare to dream. Our project is NO Limit!”

The Partners

Daniel Baal, Chairman of the CIC

“When we signed up alongside Alexia Barrier as a founding partner of The Famous Project, the team consisted of just a handful of professionals committed to this adventure and a training boat. Today’s launch of the IDEC SPORT trimaran marks an important milestone which will enable this all-female crew to tackle the legendary Jules VerneTrophy and prepare for a unique sporting challenge.”

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Patrice Lafargue, Chairman of the IDEC Group: 

We are delighted that the history of the maxi-trimaran IDEC SPORT, this legendary boat, can continue with this new 100% women’s Jules Verne Trophy challenge, led by Alexia Barrier. This exceptional human adventure, rich in values such as surpassing oneself, passion, solidarity and team spirit, perfectly embodies the principles and aspirations of the IDEC Group. By supporting this daring project, we are reaffirming our commitment to excellence and innovation, while promoting initiatives that push back the boundaries and inspire with their boldness, determination and resilience. This challenge is not only a race against time, but also a true celebration of the human and sporting values that drive us every day. It’s a unique opportunity to show our support for women in extreme sports and to promote equal opportunities, diversity and inclusion,fundamental values that are at the heart of our company. On the road.”

Wipro and Richard Mille join The Famous Project team and its co-partners in celebrating this important milestone in the preparation of the Jules Verne Trophy.

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