Two important days followed on for Alan Roura and his team who revealed on Tuesday 5
th April their new Hublot IMOCA, before launching her on the morning of Wednesday 6th, in Lorient (Brittany, France).

40 days exactly. That was the time necessary for the Hublot Sailing Team to change their IMOCA into the colours of their new title partner. Thanks to the unfailing commitment of his team and the spotless work of Filumena Marine and Atelier sur mer, service providers who came as back-up, Alan Roura was delighted to reveal the design of his new boat, as planned, on Tuesday 5th April. A highly symbolic moment, shared with many curious onlookers who’d come for the show, among whom some competing teams and two representatives of the Solano group – new official sponsor of the project. “I find her beautiful”, said the young skipper. “This boat has incredible lines, it’s very streamlined, I’m happy that we managed to keep her character while giving her a new identity.” A real success rewarding the close collaboration between Alan’s communication and marketing teams, Hublot and the agency, as the new look is hailed by the whole community and the public. We set the same demanding level in the creation process as Hublot does for their models”, explained Nicolas Gilles, author of the new decoration of the yellow and black monohull. “We are pleased with our graphic and aesthetic choices because the precision of the design was evident when the boat hit the water. We are very proud of the result.”


After some first validation sailing planned next week, the challenge for Alan will be to optimise his time spent at sea and begin a first intensive training phase. “I can’t wait to go back sailing”, he said. “And the schedule for April will be busy as I have to find my bearings on board, improve them and qualify for the first race of the season.” In one month, on 8th May in Brest, the Genevan will take the start of the Guyader Bermudes 1000 Race, starting the IMOCA season and first qualifying stage in line for the Route du Rhum – starting in just seven months. Countdown has started!


Photo © Vincent Curutchet