Strategic and well hidden place from IMOCAs , the keel well is located between the mast, the keel and the foils. In the history of the Vendée Globe , many setbacks, incidents and even abandonments are caused by this area of the boat that has hardly been explained.
We asked David de Prémorel of the architectural firm Finot-Conq about this. These architects designed 18 IMOCAs , 4 of which won the Grail! In this 2020 edition, the team follows 3 of its babies: La Fabrique , Time for Oceans and Groupe Apicil . Connoisseurs of the tilting keel . Nothing better to answer my questions about this famous keel pit! Read on.