Jean LE CAM

IMOCA Globe Series-
Points-
Age62 (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
TeamFINISTERE MER VENT
BasePORT LA FORÊT
PartnersIbis sport, Crédit Agricole

Profile

"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

2020-21: Vendée Globe - 4th (80d 13h 44m 55s - 16:15 of bonification)
2019:
Transat Jacques Vabre - 13th
2019:
Défi Azimut - 12th
2018:
Bermudes 1000 Race - 3rd
2016-2017: Vendée Globe - 6th
2015: IMOCA World Champion
2015: Barcelona World Race - 1st
2015: IMOCA World Champion
2013: Transat Jacques Vabre - 1st on PRB with V.Riou
2012: Vendée Globe 2012-2013 - 5th 
2010: Transat Ag2r - 6th 
2008: Vendée Globe - Abandonment
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

Boat

Name YES WE CAM !
Sail numberFRA 01
ArchitectFarr Yacht Design
Construction2006, Port La Forêt
Former namesFONCIA, TC2, MOVISTAR, MAPFRE, Maître CoQ, Mare, Cheminées Poujoulat, Hubert, Finistère Mer Vent, Yes We Cam !, CORUM L'Epargne
Length18,28 m
Beam5,90 m
Draught4,50 m
Weight8 tonnes
Mast height29 m
Mast typeWing mast
FoilsNo
Sail area max.
Upwind300 m2
Downwind620 m2
© Eloi Stichelbaut / CORUM l'épargne
© Marie Lattanzio
© Marie Lattanzio
© Marie Lattanzio