IMOCA Globe Series-
Age51 (7/20/72)
Top performanceFinisher of three Vendée Globe (2008, 2012, 2016)
Joined Imoca on2007
TeamLa Mie Caline
BaseLes Sables d'Olonne (FRANCE)
PartnersLa Mie Câline, Artipôle, Cap Piscines
CommitmentFighting cancer, Institut Bergonié


Yachtsmen always wish they were sailing offshore yet not a day goes by without them talking about the waters on which they had their first sailing experiences. For Arnaud Boissières, these waters are in Arcachon and its well-known bay. He is funny, nice and open which, along with his availability, is appealing and comes as a reminder that you can be a very serious skipper without taking yourself too seriously. The yachtsman, who is seen as an ideal buddy, was immediately welcome in the offshore racing world and nicknamed “Cali”, half-tenderly and half-amusedly.

But there is a lot more to Boissières than all that as he is also a stubborn and ambitious yachtsman. He learnt offshore sailing from some of the best skippers such as Yves Parlier or Catherine Chabaud who trusted him their own boats. He naturally likes to go for things and will never give up. After dismasting in the 1999 Mini Transat, he not only managed to save his boat after a stop in France but he also finished the race. Cali sailed with champions like Olivier de Kersauson in his round-the-world record attempt before making a name for himself in solo races.

In 2008, at the age of 36, he participated in his first Vendée Globe and finish seventh. Even though sailing specialists all agreed on how great his human qualities were, very few expected such a performance from a man who was virtually but soon became one of the favourites of the public, who appreciates his good humor and his availaibility. With a circumnavigation, six transatlantic races and thousands of nautical miles of training, Boissières has become one of the most experienced skippers in the world.

In 2012, Arnaud finished 8th in the Vendée Globe. And he repeats the experience on the following editions, in 2016 and then in 2020, where he finished 10th and 15th respectively.

In 2021, he took over the helm of the former Initiatives-Coeur, a VPLP-Verdier design from 2010 equipped with new foils, and took part in all the IMOCA GLOBE SERIES races in order to prepare himself as well as possible for his fifth solo round-the-world race. He finished 17th in the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe.

In 2023, the skipper from Arcachon will line up for the double-handed races of the IMOCA season, accompanied by Gérald Veniard, and in 2024 he will take part in his fourth Vendée Globe.

Sailing Highlights

2024 : The Transat CIC - Abandon
2023 : Retour à La Base - 16th
2023 : Transat Jacques Vabre - 23th
2023 : Défi Azimut-Lorient Agglomération - 16th
2023 : Rolex Fastnet Race - 13th
2023 : Guyader Bermudes 1000 Race - 7th
2022 : Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe - 17th
2022 : Vendée Arctique - ABD
2022 : Guyader Bermudes 1000 Race - 12th
2021 : Transat Jacques Vabre - 16th
2021 : Défi Azimut-Lorient Agglomération - 11th
2020-2021 : Vendée Globe - 15th
2020 : Vendée Arctique - 14th
2019 : Transat Jacques Vabre - 18th
2019 : Défi Azimut-Lorient Agglomération - 17th
2019 : Rolex Fastnet Race - 14th
2019 : Guyader Bermudes 1000 Race - 9th
2018 : Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe - 9th
2018 : Défi Azimut-Lorient Agglomération - 12th
2018 : Drheam-Cup 700 - Abandon le 24/07
2017 : Transat Jacques Vabre - 11th
2017 : Défi Azimut-Lorient Agglomération - 9th
2017 : Rolex Fastnet Race - 8th
2016-2017 : Vendée Globe - 10th
2015 : Transat Jacques Vabre - Abandon le 28/10
2013 : Transat Jacques Vabre - 6th
2012-2013 : Vendée Globe - 8th
2011 : Transat Jacques Vabre - Abandon le 4/11
2010 : Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe - 7th
2009 : Transat Jacques Vabre - 7th
2008-2009 : Vendée Globe - 7th
Other highlights

2008: The Artemis Transat - 7th
2005: Ecuador Route - Winner
2001: Mini Transat - 3rd


Sail numberFRA 14
ArchitectVPLP - Verdier
Construction2010, CDK Technologies, Port La Forêt
Former namesFoncia 2, Banque Populaire, Maître CoQ, Initiatives-Coeur
Length18,28 m
Beam5,7 m
Draught4,5 m
Weight8,5 tonnes
Mast height27 m
Mast typeWing mast
Sail area max.
Upwind270 m2
Downwind520 m2
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