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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)



Armen Festival: A regatta in two parts

First Armen Weekend

Nakamal left Thursday evening from Marseille with part of his crew towards Saint Tropez to race in the ARMEN Festival, the first regatta of the season. Nakamal arrived late Friday morning after a rather quiet conveying, and was joined by the rest of the crew. Saturday, the first regatta in the direction of Le Lavandou, with little wind for its 20 tons, the crew had to show ingenuity to stay in the race. On Sunday morning, for the second race, the wind, still from the East, is there with 15 to 20 knots. Nakamal and his crew are happy and will fight upwind for 6 hours to leave a good part of the fleet behind them. Staying in Saint Tropez, Nakamal wisely waits for the resumption of the regattas on Saturday, which are expected to be very sporty given the weather forecast.

Second Armen Weekend

With a very strong weather, an easterly gale accompanied by a nice swell, the race committee has taken the wise decision to cancel the races planned for this second weekend of the Armen Festival. The Nakamal crew decided to take the opportunity to go out and train in the beautiful bay of Saint Tropez. An easterly wind, 30 knots established with a big swell is a nice playground for a Swan 55 which is preparing for a world tour. Nakamal has once again proved that it is made for these conditions and the crew have been able to appreciate it at its true value! Nakamal set off again on Monday morning in the direction of Marseille and thanks to the continuing rough conditions, reached its home port in the early afternoon.