Clément GIRAUD

IMOCA Globe Series-
Age42 (12/11/80)
Top performanceFinisher of the Vendée Globe 2020-21
Joined Imoca on2019
TeamGroupe Sétin
BaseToulon (FRANCE)


Clément Giraud is not a skipper from an offshore racing mould. He has turned his life into a maritime adventure trying out all the different boats: Mini, TP52, Volvo, Class America, Orma, Farr40, on all the seas of the globe, from the Caribbean, where he lived until he was 18, to the far North and down to Polynesia.

Passionate about technology, he’s got a handle on the mechanics, the sail loft element and he’s built two boats. In 2007, he prepared Sébastien Roubinet’s expedition, the north-west passage, under sail alone. A few years later, he took his family (his wife and two kids aged 2 and 3 years old at the time) to explore the Pacific Islands. Clément doesn’t enjoy discovering new things on his own; the sharing of experiences, transmission and human relations lie at the heart of all his projects.

With a lot of experience, and after having gathered an enthusiastic team around his project, the Vendée Globe 2020 is becoming a reality. However, the road to reach the starting line of his first round-the-world race was not a smooth one. In 2019, as he was about to take the start of the Transat Jacques Vabre, a fire broke out in his IMOCA boat, forcing him to stay in port.

A few months later, Erik Nigon lent him his boat to compete in the Vendée - Arctique - Les Sables d'Olonne, a race that would allow him to qualify for the 2020 Vendée Globe. With one week to go before the confirmation of entries, he and his team managed to convince two sponsors, La Compagnie du Lit and Jilliti, to follow them in this round-the-world adventure. After 99 days of racing, the challenge is successful for the skipper from Toulon! 

The 2021 season will then take place while writing a new beautiful story with the decision to take the start of the Transat Jacques Vabre double-handed with Erik Nigon! A natural association to finally share the pleasure of sailing together.

In 2023, Manu Cousin will take the Vendée Globe finisher on board for a double-handed season on his IMOCA.

Sailing Highlights

2023: Défi Azimut-Lorient Agglomération - 24th
Rolex Fastnet Race - 23th
2021: Transat Jacques Vabre - 17th
Défi Azimut - Lorient Agglomération - 12th
Rolex Fastnet Race - 11th
2020-21 :
Vendée Globe - 21th (99d 20h 08m 31s)

2020: Vendée-Arctique-Les Sables d'Olonne - 16th
Bermudes 1000 Race - 8th 
2015: World Champion 15 mJI on Mariska
2009: America’s Cup World Series
2007: North Pole Expedition 2009 - Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series
2005: Mini-Transat solo -11th

- 129 regattas and races, in multihulls and monohulls, all over the world
- More than 25 wins and 40 podiums
- 135,000 miles covered with crew, 20,000 in doubles, 22,000 in solo


Sail numberFRA 71
ArchitectFarr Yacht Design
Construction2007, Southern Ocean Marine, Nouvelle-Zélande
Former namesPaprec-Virbac 2, W Hotels, ESTRELLA DAMM, WE ARE WATER, Le Bateau des Métiers by Aerocampus, La Mie Câline, La Mie Câline – Artipôle, Groupe Sétin
Length18,28 m
Beam5,80 m
Draught4,5 m
Weight9 tonnes
Mast height27,80m
Mast typeWing mast
Sail area max.
Downwind560 m2
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