With his exceptional track record in offshore sailing, Nicolas has all the qualities to perform at the highest level in the upcoming round-the-world solo race. Building on his two victories in La Solitaire du Figaro (2009, 2017) and three participations in The Ocean Race, Nicolas Lunven is delighted to take the helm of one of the fastest and most reliable IMOCAs. Nicolas Lunven’s first race under the colors of Holcim-PRB will be the transatlantic race Retour à la Base, qualifying race for the Vendée Globe. In the meantime, the skipper will be involved in the boat refit and will be making the delivery trip to La Martinique in early November.
Kuiper has sailed multiple iconic races like the Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race, The Fastnet Race, Middle Sea Race and the Caribbean 600. During The Ocean Race Europe 2021 she sailed aboard the Volvo 65 AkzoNobel as a trimmer. She joined Team Malizia to compete in The Ocean Race 2022-2023, during which she sailed all legs, establishing herself as a new rising talent in the IMOCA sailing world. Building on this experience, she is eager to continue strengthening her skills, learning from Nicolas’ breadth of expertise from a weather, training and performance standpoint. A purpose-driven sailor, she also brings her vision for a more sustainable, inclusive and diverse future to the adventure with the aim to build an exciting crew for the upcoming Ocean Race Europe in 2025.
With GO CIRCULAR Holcim is on a mission to inspire action to preserve nature’s ecosystems from ocean to land. GO CIRCULAR builds on the sailing legacy of PRB, which has sponsored ocean racing for 30 years and won two editions of the Vendée Globe, in 2000 with Michel Desjoyeaux and in 2004 with Vincent Riou.
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