A new video posted on social media showing Jeremie Beyou’s recently launched IMOCA 60 Charal foiling at speeds up to 30 knots has been viewed more than 150,000 times in the few days since it appeared.
Presumably many of those views of the rough clip which shows the boat scorching along mostly fully airborne have been from prospective Volvo Ocean Race teams trying to come to terms with what a fully-foiling and fully-crewed IMOCA 60 might be capable of.
Bruno Dubois, syndicate head at 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race winners Dongfeng Race Team felt moved to comment on Facebook.
“Volvo Ocean Race sailors… are you ready ?” Dubois wrote on a photo of Charal in full-flight.
Bayou plans to take part in the singlehanded Route du Rhum race from St. Malo to Guadeloupe starting November 4.