Birdies-Furax², a 15m catamaran.
“This is an interesting race for multi-hulls, even cruisers.” Birdies-Furax²’s experienced skipper, Alain Vilas, knows what he’s talking about.
For the last two Groupama Races, Alain skippered the race fleet support vessel, and so has sailed around New Caledonia a number of times. For this year’s race, he has some tough sailors with him. Jérome Le Gal, Hobie Cat 16 World Champion in 2010, is tactician. Keen on training and preparatory racing, Alain and his crew are not going to be satisfied with merely a bit part in this race… Quite the opposite, in fact.