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In 2013, Mirabaud was acquired for Rich Wilson to race Vendée Globe 2016
Designed by Merf Owen (here) for Dominique Wavre, she was built in New Zealand in 2006
Dominique has raced 10x around-the-world: solo, doublehanded, or with crew
In May, Mirabaud was hauled in La Rochelle, France for survey
60' long, 18' wide, 90' mast, 15' deep, 9 tons, 2 rudders, 2 daggerboards, canting keel, 10 sails, 10 ballast tanks
Cockpit has 6 winches, 78 lines & a coachroof for skipper protection
Chart table for navigation, performance & communications gear; bench & chair for sleep
In June, Rich, Merf, Rob Sleep & Joff Brown (manager) sailed her to Southampton, UK
Where Joff & team prepared Great American IV (re-named) for her voyage UK-Azores-USA
In July, Rich & Graham 'Gringo' Tourell, sailed her to the Azores (7 days) where Gringo left...
And Rich continued en solitaire to Marblehead (11 days) for learning & training...
Great American IV at rest in Marblehead