Envisioned by the acclaimed Juan Kouyoumdjian, who designed the past two winners of the Volvo Ocean Race, Beneteau’s new First 30 is admittedly, well, different. Michel Desjoyeau, a two-time winner of the Vendee Globe, was brought aboard to ensure her looks and comfort were matched by high-performance features such as a setback mast – allowing for large genoas with minimal overlap – and a T-shaped keel for the lowest possible center of gravity and optimization of longitudinal trim.