The new IMOCA 11th Hour Racing Team left the CDK Port-La-Forêt yard on August 7 th in the presence of all the teams involved in her design and manufacture - 11th Hour Racing Team, Mer Concept, and of course the CDK Technologies team. All these partners were involved in the Herculean effort, which required the utmost harmony within the CDK yard in Port-La-Forêt. This is the first IMOCA designed specifically to compete in The Ocean Race, the reference in crewed international round the world races. Launched on 9 August, she is now heading for Mer Concept in Concarneau.  



Boasting over 35 years’ experience and leading the way in the offshore racing domain, today CDK Technologies is equipped with the very latest state-of-the-art tooling, enabling the yard to produce high-performance composite parts. As such, it was only natural that when François Gabart and MerConcept launched this new trimaran project, they decided to call upon the Breton yard’s experience and expertise for the manufacture of the boat’s main elements, namely the floats, the forward and aft beams and the foils. By taking on the build of the SVR LAZARTIGUE trimaran, these elements are set to be manufactured at the yard’s two sites, in Port-la-Forêt and Lorient, which are equipped with some of the largest autoclaves in Europe. Due to launch on Thursday 22 July, this exceptional boat breaks the codes in terms of current technologies and it is no exaggeration to say that she’s a machine from a whole other era.


Pip Hare and the IMOCA Bureau Vallée at the start of the next Vendée Globe.

"I'm thrilled to announce that I've renewed my partnership with for my next Vendee campaign and we have bought Bureau Vallee 2, the 2016 generation boat which Louis Burton sailed to third place in this race.


It’s a record on the Fastnet original course!

Conquering a new record: 23 hours, 51 minutes and 16 seconds, with an average speed of 24,94 knots. The Italian Team, who set sail yesterday at 19:22:55 GMT, improved the previous time by over an hour: just a month ago, Peter Cunningham’s MOD 70 PowerPlay finished the course in 25 hours, 4 minutes and 18 seconds. The time has been recorded by the crew aboard Maserati Multi 70 and is subject to the World Sailing Speed Council’s ratification.
Aboard Maserati Multi 70 with Giovanni Soldini: Guido Broggi, Carlos Hernandez Robayna, Oliver Herrera Perez, Gerardo Siciliano and Matteo Soldini.
For Soldini and his crew it’s the third record conquered in the English Channel, after the Plymouth-La Rochelle (12 hours, 15 minutes, 21 seconds) and the Cowes-Dinard (4 hours, 30 minutes, 49 seconds.
Photo ©Rick Tomlinson


Charal and Jérémie Beyou

Three months after Jérémie Beyou's arrival in the 2020-2021 Vendée Globe, the skipper and Charal announced on Tuesday that their partnership would be extended until the end of 2026. The new IMOCA boat, Charal 2, designed by Sam Manuard, has just been built by CDK Technologies in Lorient and is due to be launched in June 2022.


Minister of the Sea, visited CDK Technologies

Two days after the launch of the Maxi Banque Populaire, Annick Girardin, Minister of the Sea, visited CDK Technologies, which was responsible for building the giant trimaran on the Lorient site, accompanied by Florian Saint James, Philippe Facque. They gave the Minister a tour of the infrastructure at the Keroman site and introduced her to the yard’s highly talented teams.

Ronan Lucas Director of Team Banque Populaire showed the Minister around the MAXI Banque Populaire XI.