IMOCA Globe Series80th
Points5 pts
Age64 (4/27/59)
Top performance2nd of the Vendée Globe 2004, winner of the Barcelona World Race 2015, 4th of the Vendée Globe 2020-21
Joined Imoca on2004
PartnersTout commence en Finistère - Armoir Lux


"Le roi Jean" (King Jean) is so named because of his utter domination when he competed on the Figaro circuit. That was 20 years ago, just after the young Le Cam had worn out his foul weather gear in Concarneau Bay on "Mervent".

This family training aboard this famous Armagnac would quickly bear fruit: among other trophies, Jean went on to win three Solitaire du Figaros! Further victories and podium finishes ensued on everything that floats, with one or more hulls, from world champion titles (in Formula 40 or FICO), to records and transatlantic races... This great Breton talent is as relevant on land preparing (very) fast boats, as he is at sea getting them to the right place with speed and strength.

Looking as if butter wouldn’t melt, Jean has never left the spotlight. In 2015, he was crowned IMOCA World Champion, he finished 6th in the Vendée Globe 2016 and finished on the podium again (3rd) in the Bermudes 1000 Race 2018.

In 2019, Jean Le Cam sailed around Europe to meet his partners before racing the Transat Jacques Vabre with Nicolas Troussel on board his faithful IMOCA 'Hubert', which was put under the colours of CORUM L'Epargne for the occasion. 

In 2020, Jean is putting together a Vendée Globe project and is embarking on the adventure for the fifth time. The skipper battled at the head of the fleet throughout the race, demonstrating that experience and knowledge of his boat could make the difference on a round-the-world race. He finished 4th in the race after benefiting from a 16h15 bonus following the rescue of Kevin Escoffier.  

Sailing Highlights

2023 : Retour à La Base - 32th
2020-2021 : Vendée Globe - 4th
2019 : Transat Jacques Vabre - 13th
2019 : Défi Azimut-Lorient Agglomération - 12th
2018 : Bermudes 1000 Race – Douarnenez / Cascais - 3rd
2016-2017 : Vendée Globe - 6th
2014-2015 : Barcelona World Race - Winner
2013 : Transat Jacques Vabre - Winner
2013 : Rolex Fastnet Race - 5th
2012-2013 : Vendée Globe - 5th
2010-2011 : Barcelona World Race - Abandon le 12/01/2011
2008-2009 : Vendée Globe - Abandon le 06/01/09
2006 : Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe - 2nd
2005 : Transat Jacques Vabre - 3rd
2004-2005 : Vendée Globe - 2nd
Other highlights

2015: IMOCA World Champion
2012: Vendée Globe 2012-2013 - 5th 
2010: Transat Ag2r - 6th 
2008: Transat Ag2r - 4th 
2006: Route du Rhum - 2nd 
2005: Transat Jacques Vabre - 3rd 
2004: Vendée Globe - 2nd
2001: Transat Jacques Vabre - 4th 
1999: Solitaire du Figaro - 1st
1996: Solitaire du Figaro - 1st
1994: Transat Ag2r - 1st
1994: Solitaire du Figaro - 1st


Sail numberFRA 29
ArchitectDavid Raison
Construction2023, Persico Marine
Length18,28 m
Draught4,50 m
Mast height29 m
Mast typeWing mast
Sail area max.
© Eloi Stichelbaut / CORUM l'épargne
© Marie Lattanzio
© Marie Lattanzio
© Marie Lattanzio