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Swan 55 (Hull No. 9)

Nakamal (ex-Kira)

Arnaud Lizop / Valerie Fumat

Nakamal means ‘the common house’ in Bichelamar (one of the official languages of Vanuatu)

The crew that is taking shape for the race is voluntarily the reflection of a diversity and counts crew members of different origins, ages and sexes.



Arnaud Lizop learned to sail from Marc Linski in Marseille. It was with him that he rounded Cape Horn, on board Pen Duick III, starting from Tahiti, a few weeks before the first round-the-world crewed race: the 1973 Whitbread, which he joined in Rio.


Passionate about sailing, Valerie Fumat entered the world of 420 regattas with her sister. She decided to pass on her passion and make it her profession. Sailing is second nature to her: she sails the seas of the Pacific, the Caribbean, in the Channel as well as in the Atlantic, cruising or racing on all types of sailboats.

First Mate

Inspired by those who make the reputation of maritime adventure, Viken Avedissian works to coordinate the smallest details of our project. Aboard Alik, his Edel IV, or Nakamal, he feeds his passion and enthusiasm for the beauties that the sea offers him. Director of photography by profession, he will be in charge of the onboard film.

No.Name, NationalitySex, AgeLeg 1Leg 2Leg 3Leg 4
1Arnaud Lizop, FrenchMale
2Valerie Fumat, FrenchFemale
3Viken AvedissianMale


Nakamal is a Swan 55, built in 1971 by Nautor’s Swan in Finland, on a Sparkman and Stephens drawing. She was commissioned by the commodore of the New York Yacht Club. She is the hull number nine out of sixteen and one of the eight yawls. Her history has been fanciful. More than fifty years after her launch, she has not said her last word and her ship-owner intends to make her live many more great adventures.

LOA55.25 ft / 16.84 m
LWL38.48 ft / 11.73 m
Beam14.21 ft / 4.33 m
Draft8.00 ft / 2.44 m
Displacement20.6 to
DesignerSparkman & Stephens
Nakamal (ex-Kira) – Swan 55 (Hull No. 9)