Arnaud Boissières

La Mie Câline

Yachtsmen always wish they were sailing offshore yet not a day goes by without them talking about the waters on which they had their first sailing experiences.

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41 years old - La Trinité Sur Mer - FRANCE

Yachtsmen always wish they were sailing offshore yet not a day goes by without them talking about the waters on which they had their first sailing experiences. For Arnaud Boissières, these waters are in Arcachon and its well-known bay. He is funny, nice and open which, along with his availability, is appealing and comes as a reminder that you can be a very serious skipper without taking yourself too seriously. The yachtsman, who is seen as an ideal buddy, was immediately welcome in the offshore racing world and nicknamed “Cali”, half-tenderly and half-amusedly.

But there is a lot more to Boissières than all that as he is also a stubborn and ambitious yachtsman. He learnt offshore sailing from some of the best skippers such as Yves Parlier or Catherine Chabaud who trusted him their own boats. He naturally likes to go for things and will never give up. After dismasting in the 1999 Mini Transat, he not only managed to save his boat after a stop in France but he also finished the race. Cali sailed with champions like Olivier de Kersauson in his round-the-world record attempt before making a name for himself in solo races. At the age of 36, he participated in his first Vendée Globe and finish seventh. Even though sailing specialists all agreed on how great his human qualities were, very few expected such a performance from a man who was virtually but soon became one of the favourites of the public, who appreciates his good humor and his availaibility. With a circumnavigation, six transatlantic races and thousands of nautical miles of training, Boissières has become one of the most experienced skippers in the world.

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Prizes

2001
  • Mini Transat – 3rd
2002-2004
  • 3 participations  in the Solitaire du Figaro
2005
  • Route de l’Equateur – Winner (Open 50)
2007
  • Transat B to B – 9th
  • Transat Jacques Vabre – 12th
2008
  • Transat Anglaise – 7th
2009
  • Vendée Globe – 7th
  • Transat Jacques Vabre – 7th
2011
  • Record SNSM – Winner
2013
  • Vendée Globe – 8th
  • Transat Jacques Vabre – 6th (B. De Broc)
2015
  • Transat Jacques Vabre – Retired
Arnaud Boissières

Monocoque IMOCA

IMOCA60 La Mie Câline

Arnaud Boissières’s boat dates back to 2007, but remains a good performer. Sjhe is none other than the former Paprec-Virbac 2 that Jean-Pierre Dick had built to take part in the 2008-2009 Vendée Globe. This IMOCA began her career with a win in the double-handed round the world race, the 2007-2008 Barcelona World Race. As for the Vendée Globe, she was up with the frontrunners, when Jean-Pierre Dick was forced to retire off New Zealand, due to the loss of his rudders. Bought by a Spanish team, she then cam in 4th in the 2010-2011 Barcelona in the hands of Alex Pella and Pepe Ribes, then fifth in the following edition. In other words, she is a reliable IMOCA, who knows her way around the world. Arnaud Boissières believes he has a boat that is an even better performer than Akéna Vérandas (ex PRB) which he skippered in the last Vendée Globe.

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Boat

Technical Sheet

Boat's previous names : Paprec-Virbac 2, Estrella Damm, We are Water
Designer : Bruce Farr Yach Design
Boat Builder : Southern Ocean Marine (Nouvelle-Zélande)
Launch Date : 02 february 2007
Length : 18,28 m
Beam : 5,80 m
Draught : 4,50 m
Displacement (weight) : 9 tonnes
Mast heigh : 28,50 m
Upwind sail area : 270 m²
Downwind sail area : 560 m²

Boat

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