Persico Marine led the way at the Transat Jacques Vabre race thanks to the victory in the IMOCA class of LinkedOut, and that of the Maxi Edmond De Rothschild, which dominated the Ultime fleet, along with the second place claimed by the Koesio as it made its debut in the Ocean Fifty class. Persico Marine’s president, Marcello Persico, stated: “Thanks to the input of the three teams with which we shared the commitment and the challenge, at this year’s Transat Jacques Vabre we achieved excellent results in terms of our boatbuilding prowess, spurring us on to do our very best at the upcoming races, which will once again see us working with exceptional French teams”.
LinkedOut’s victory in the IMOCA class galvanized the whole Persico Marine family, which worked with Thomas Ruyan and his team on the development and construction of the vessel over many intensive months in 2019. Marcello Persico commented: “The IMOCA class is clearly one of Persico Marine’s main objectives. LinkedOut has provided us with a great deal of satisfaction, and the work done thus far has enabled us to acquire a wealth of data and experience, pointing the way towards further evolution: IMOCA is now at the heart of our projects”.
The Koesio, too, was also built entirely by Persico Marine: having left the yard in 2020, it was transported by helicopter to Marina di Carrara. Skippered by Erwan Le Roux and Xavier Macaire, the Koesio made its debut at the Transat Jacques Vabre, immediately demonstrating the potential of the boat and its crew. As Persico Marine’s General Manager, Mark Somerville, stated: “The team on board worked brilliantly. We watched very carefully what they were doing, and we were delighted by the boat’s performance. Seeing it on the podium of one of the classic transatlantic races was a thrill”.
For Gitana Team, Persico Marine manufactured a series of components, including the Coach Roof, Rudders and Elevators. Mark Sommerville went on to state: “Gitana’s history was enhanced yet further by the presence on board of two great champions. Once again at this Transat Jacques Vabre we were all spellbound by Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier, who remarkably succeeded in staying out in front almost for the entire race, due to their masterful organization and unrivaled leadership”.