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…
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.