The Class40 monohull category, which dates back to 2005, has successfully risen to the challenge of offering a high-performance, robust and accessible boat that allows professional sailors and experienced amateurs alike to fulfill their dream of sailing on the open water. Today, there are 155 boats in the class, more than 50 of which will be at the starting line of the Route du Rhum, including the Edenred, number 100. The Edenred Class40, which Emmanuel Le Roch bought from Czech skipper Marek Chatrný, offers the advantage of having sailed very little, but having nevertheless proved itself in a transatlantic crossing.
“I bought this boat in 2017. That gave me almost a year to get acquainted with it. The boat was in great shape, and I only made a few changes. I altered the profile of the hull, the keel and the rudders and I fitted a genoa furler.”
Emmanuel Le RochSkipper of the Edenred Class40
“I’m happy because I get out onto the sea every day."
“On a transatlantic crossing, you have to keep fit for the long haul, while keeping up strength for short but intense bursts of activity, like changing the sails.”
“Being at the starting line in Saint-Malo will already be part of my dream come true. It’s not about winning, it’s just about getting there."
"On land, I love having company, but at sea, I need to be in symbiosis with my boat, to create a little routine for myself on board. I don’t like being confined to one job!”
"I’m also after adventure: I’m a sportsman at heart, so one of the things driving me will be the adrenaline of the race."
- Name: Edenred
- Model: Pogo 40 S2
- Architect: Groupe Finot
- Shipyard: Structures in Bénodet
- Year launched: 2010
- Owner: Emmanuel Le Roch
- Previous skippers: Damien Grimont, Armel Tripon and Marek Chatrný
The Edenred boat was designed by Jean-Baptiste Epron.
The Edenred Class40 key figures
Sail area upwind
Sail area downwind
Class40 boats at the Route du Rhum
The Class40 record: 16 days, 17 hours 47 minutes and 08 seconds.
Class40 monohulls have been allowed to compete in the Route du Rhum
The Edenred Class40 has already run the Route du Rhum, finishing fifth in 2010 with Damien Grimont at the helm.