DESIGN: Mach 40.4

BUILT: 2020

SKIPPERS: Antoine and Olivier Magré

BEST RESULTS: Rolex Fastnet Race (1st)

PRINCIPLE PARTNER: E. Leclerc Ville La Grand

The latest instalment of our bespoke illustrative design series, Class40 Reimagined, that showcases Class40’s finest stories and designs, is here.

This time we focus on #160 Palanad III, one of the few boats in the Class that does not have a sponsors or branding dominating its colour scheme, leading to a bold, humble design with their sleek looking sails.

Continuing the theme of being different to the rest of the Class, Palanad III features a fully amateur crew and one of the only father-son duos to skipper a boat, Antoine and Olivier Magré. Olivier, a vastly experienced sailor, has been racing in Class40, amongst other classes, since 2007 on different iterations of the Palanad project! The team have experienced plenty of success along the way, the height of which being at the RORC Transatlantic in 2021, where they ended up overall winner.

Palanad III was launched in June 2020, providing for two full seasons of racing, allowing them to hone their race craft, boat set up and get enough miles under their belt to qualify for the Route Du Rhum in 2022 - the ultimate goal.

Co-skipper Antoine, who graduated with a degree in natural sciences from the University of Cambridge, has enjoyed a stellar start to his Class40 career, finishing 7th in the Les Sables – Horta alongside his father before taking the boat to victory in the 2021 Rolex Fastnet Race, beating some of Class40’s finest!

Having finished 5th in this month’s Les 1000 Milles des Sables and confirmed their spot at the Route du Rhum later this year, they go into the race with a strong chance.

The Magré duo are proving that keeping it in the family is a route to success!


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