“In this 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”. This is the comment of Marcello Persico, president of Persico Marine, a division of the Persico Group, who has put his signature on three of the boats protagonists of the 15th edition of the transatlantic race in couple from the French port of Le Havre to Fort-de-France, Martinique.
And on the 5,800 miles of the race that for the Imoca class (22 boats competing) included the ‘buoy’ of Fermando de Noronha, first on the finish line was Linked Out with Thomas Ruyant and Morgan Lagraviére: a project by Guillaume Verdier built in 2019 by Persico Marine. A victory which, as Marcello Persico pointed out, strengthens Persico Marine’s commitment in the Imoca class.
Another victory for a boat built by Persico Marine was in the Ocean Fifty Class with Koesio of Erwan Le Roux and Xavier Macaire. Designed by the French studio of Marc Van Peteghem and Vincent Lauriot Prévost, Koesio was built by Persico Marine based in Nembro, in the hills near Bergamo, and transported by helicopter and a flight of just under 190 km to the sea, in Marina di Carrara, for the launch took place in September 2020. Koesio, who with the other six Ocean Fifty faced the same course as the Imoca, making his debut in the regatta at the Transat Jacques Vabre.
On the other hand, it was a journey of 7,500 miles that of the Ultime Class in which Maxi Edmond de Rothschild won. For the maxi-tri (32 meters long by 23 wide) by Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier, a project by Guillaume Verdier and Gitana Team launched in 2017 and then the first Ultime equipped with foils, Persico Marine built a series of components including the long deckhouse, which covers almost the entire cockpit and reaches the mast, rudders and elevator.