Ann Alé - 26ft Ecume de Mer

My First boat

My first boat was an Ecume de Mer. She is a french built from the Mallard shipyards. Her architect, JM. Finot designed two versions, one version from 69 and one from 73. Mine is from 73, but still the 1st design, she is 26ft long, 1.2m draft, 1.4 tons dispacement.

Watch episode #24 for a tour of the boat:

Ann Alé and I have shared quite a few years of travel, from when I got her in 2013 to when I sold her in 2019, we sailed dozens of thousands of miles and even more adventures

 In April 2019, I have sold the boat to go racing around the world (see my story). Jules, her new caretaker is enjoying sailing her really much, and despite how sad it was to let her go, I couldn’t ask for better than having someone sailing her and having fun on the water, sail boats are meant to sail, not to stay in a harbour.

 

The next boat to race single handed across the Atlantic?

My next project is to race the Mini Transat, a race across the Altantic single handed on a one design fleet.

The Mini 6.50 class is an incubator for innovation. Most of the technology and design concept you find today in the IMOCA class have first been tested (and crash tested) on a mini.
I chose to go for a scow, more powerfull and stable downwind, the Maxi 650, from IDB marine, see more specs here.

Can't wait to get on the water with this new toy to see what it can give. Until then, have a look at the surfs these tiny offshore beasts are capable of: