Clément GIRAUD

IMOCA Globe Series24th
Points20 pts
Age38 (12/11/80)
Top performance8th of the Bermudes 1000 Race 2019
Joined Imoca on2019
TeamTeam Fortil
PartnersGroupe FORTIL, Bexter, Macap, Mini Green Power, Yacht Club de Toulon, Foselev, Helly Hansen, Mini Green Power


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.
Slowly but surely, by dint of salt sea voyages and wet regattas right across the globe, Clément says he’s sure to end up going around…
Collective strength
Fortil will support him through to the Vendée Globe 2020. This young, expanding company, specialising in engineering consultancy, and developing a series of innovative management methods, recognises itself in Clément’s project: collective strength at the service of the individual and individual performance at the service of the collective. A furious desire to share and transmit also brings them together. Clément was keen to have a community-based project, geared towards numerous associations.

Sailing Highlights

2019: 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


© Graphing Design

Sail numberFRA 83
ArchitectFarr Yacht Design
Construction2006, CDK Technologies, Port La Forêt
Former namesPRB, Akena Vérendas, Initiatives-Coeur, Bastide - Otio, Maître CoQ
Length18,28 m
Beam5,85 m
Draught4,5 m
Mast height29 m
Mast type
Surface voile max.
Près300 m2
Portant600 m2


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