Antoine Mermod, President Classe IMOCA, added, “Armel Tripon is one the most innovative skippers of the IMOCA class and Airbus is a global, technological benchmark. Reducing carbon footprints in our projects is a priority for the coming years. This partnership is a major step to initiate this movement.”  

“Isn’t it up to us, skippers, to initiate a collective realization and presently become an actor of change? I am committed to leading by example with an innovative project that will attempt to initiate alternatives in terms of nautical construction in order to, in time, master and reduce our carbon footprint. Here we define the sailing of tomorrow, ambitious, responsible, and collaborative,” said Armel Tripon, skipper. “It is up to all of us, now, to convince companies to join us in this human challenge!”  

Plans are for the boat to be introduced in 2023, potentially creating new opportunities for Airbus and others to recover composite materials to be reused and repurposed for nautical projects.