The freezing breeze that had been blowing for a few days on the pontoons of Lorient – La Base has finally calmed down. At 24 hours from the start of The Transat CIC, everything is calm. The IMOCA Fives Group – Lantana Environnement is ready… because at one point Louis and his team have to say “stop”, we stop there… A race boat never being as ready as their skippers and preparers, perfectionists and demanding would like.

Tomorrow, the weather conditions will be mild for the kick-off of this spring transat. But this relative calm hides a train of depressions with which the loners will have to deal from the beginning of next week.


Competitors will therefore start by drawing north “almost to the Fastnet”, to slide under a first depression before negotiating a weather transition and the arrival of a second front accompanied by thunderstorms and a very formed sea… 

Louis Duc, IMOCA skipper Fives Group – Lantana Environnement: "I don’t want to project myself into the long term. We can see how it will go, but it moves very quickly, we will have to refine as we go. A priori, it should go fast enough… but everything can still change!"


The Transat CIC kicks off tomorrow, Sunday 28 April at 13:30 between Lorient and Groix.

Discussing live, with Louis

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Fives Group – Lantana Environnement team Programme

  • April 28th 2024: Start of The Transat CIC
  • September 12th-14th 2024: Défi Azimut - Lorient Agglomération
  • November 10th 2024: start of Vendée Globe

A respectuous and circular sporting event

The Fives IMOCA is an "upcycled" boat. Thanks to Louis, it lives a 2nd life!

Louis and his team gave a new life to a very damaged IMOCA because of a fire. This refurbishment undertaking was a real technical challenge... that succeeded in only 10 months!

Louis and his team continue to apply this upcycling principle and optimization research with a constant effort on sobriety throughout this Vendée Globe program.

Louis is also very keen on respecting everyone's work and giving a chance.

The Fives Group, a major partner in this Vendée Globe program, has been seduced by such commitment and values, as it shares the same values and responsibilities.

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For over 200 years, the Group has designed the breakthrough solutions and technologies that make industry what it is. From the first railways to the Eiffel Tower, through the spatial conquest, Fives always spearheaded the industry of the future. Pioneering decarbonization, the Group is an unconditional partner of the industry's energy transition. Through digitization, the promotion of a circular economy and the development of new processes and new energy sources, Fives puts its technological leadership to its customers' service.