Alan Roura: objective Barcelona
Following the Vendée Globe and the Transat Jacques Vabre, the Swiss sailor is planning to take part in the Barcelona World Race with a Vendee Globe 2020 entry also in his sights.
When he finished the Vendée Globe 2016/17 following 105 days and 20 hours of sailing, Swiss skipper Alan Roura (1995) at 23 years-old, became the youngest person ever to complete the round-the-world solo challenge. He did so on La Fabrique, a Pierre Rolland design from 2000, a boat with an extensive track record of ocean racing, also seen in action as We Are Water in the Barcelona World Race 2010/11, crewed by Jaume Mumbrú and Cali Sanmartí.
Alan is from a brilliant crop of Swiss solo sailors such as Bernard Stamm, Dominique Wavre or Steve Ravussin, who were born on Lake Geneva and took to the oceans at a very young age. Alan started his transoceanic career in the Mini Class and in 2012 he took part in the Mini Barcelona and Air Valencia competitions. In 2013 he finished the Mini-Transat in 11th place and in 2014 he moved up to the Class 40s before moving into the IMOCA Class the following year.
Alan Roura began working with his new boat last spring, formerly Bertrand de Broc’sMACSF a 2007 Finot-Conq design. He and the boat finished 9th in the latest Transat Jacques Vabre and Roura plans to do the Route du Rhum, the Barcelona World Race 2018/19 and the Vendée Globe 2020.