About the boat and the Owner
Born in 1966, started sailing in ’76. Dinghy’s and larger boats. Cruising and sailing. First singlehanded UK – Acores in 2000 on a Koopmans39 JanKees was caught by the ocean sailing virus. He bought La Promesse in 2006 with the goal to participate in OSTAR 2009. JanKees sailed La Promesse for the following fifteen years and competed in several races and record attempts.
In the winter 2021/22 La Promesse has undergone a total refit to prepare for participation in the Global Solo Challenge, nonstop circumnavigation, starting October 2023. With his eldest son Floris, JanKees participated in the TWOSTAR 2022 last May as a final test of the boat, (new) equipment and new sails.
Due to personal circumstances he will not participate in GSC and has decided to stop racing La Promesse and sell her.
“It is with deepest regret that I have to decide to part with La Promesse. She is in fantastic condition and ready to take off in any ocean race. What is still missing in her record is a circumnavigation of the world. I will give it to the next owner. Provided that he or she maintains her with as much love as I always have. In that case I wish you good luck and fun along the way! Please, keep me
Type: Open40, one-off by designer Phil Morrison
Builder: Shipsupport, Belgium, Ronny Nollet, 1999
Loa: 12m10, beam: 4m08, draft: 4m (!)
Weight: 3.600kg, (4.000kg at the start)
Hull: balsa wood in Kevlar, deck: carbon, appendages: carbon keel fin, carbon rudders, carbon fixed bow sprit
Rig: carbon mast, carbon boom, rod rigging, PBO forestay and (retractable) cutterstay
The boat’s palmares
2022 TWOSTAR Winner in 18d 0h 21m!
2015 Round Britain & Ireland, abandoned due to broken boom
2014 RORC, Round Britain & Ireland non-stop
2011 AZAB, 1st in outward leg, 1st in return leg
2009 OSTAR Winner in 17d 17h 40m!
2008 Record attempt Singlehanded, non-stop round British Isles
2007 AZAB, 1st in outward leg, 1st in return leg
2006 Route du Rhum, St Malo (F) – Guadeloupe. Dismasted.
2006 Round Britain & Ireland, 2nd in class, 4th overall
2005 OSTAR, abandoned
2004 Petit Bateau 2nd, 2nd, 1st in three leg race (UK, E, F)
2003 AZAB, 2nd outward leg, 1st return leg
2002 Round Britain & Ireland, abandoned due to torn mainsail
2001 refit boat, new keel (4m!), rudders in carbon
2000 OSTAR, 1st in class
1999 AZAB 1st outward leg, 1st return leg, new record 40 ft
1999 record Oostende-Helgoland (21 uur)