Jérémie BEYOU

IMOCA Globe Series12th
Points12 pts
Age46 (6/27/76)
Top performance3rd of the Vendée Globe 2016-17
Joined Imoca on2003
TeamCharal Sailing Team


A child of Morlaix Bay, Jérémie Beyou discovered the sea thanks to his father. For more than 20 years, he has built up one of the best records of success in ocean racing. A seasoned and passionate sailor, both single-handed and double-handed, the Breton skipper shines through his tenacity and perseverance in raising the bar a little higher in his demands.

It was among the pebbles and currents of Morlaix Bay that he discovered sailing, first in an Optimist and then in a Moth Europe, alongside other future illustrious sailors of the bay, Armel Le Cléac'h and Nicolas Troussel. After several participations in the Tresco or the Tour du Finistère on his father Alain's quarter-toner, but also first sailings in the Figaro alongside local sailors, Jérémie launched himself into the Solitaire du Figaro at 20 years old. Without a penny to his name, with his sister as his assistant and his boat as a hotel room, but already with a great thirst for learning. This was followed by eight consecutive participations and a first victory in 2005, at the end of an anthological leg between Cork and Port Bourgenay, won ahead of Michel Desjoyeaux.

Jérémie then became infatuated with the Vendée Globe, a single-handed round the world race, with a first participation in 2008, which was too quickly interrupted due to material damage (spreaders), a second in 2012, which again was short-lived (keel cylinder), and a third in 2016, which saw the Finisterian, deprived for a good part of the race of weather files and communication with the outside world, go all the way to finish in a fine third place.

In 2020, Jérémie is one of the favourites for the Vendée Globe with his new and reliable hydrofoil IMOCA. Unfortunately, at the end of the fourth day of racing, he was forced to return to Les Sables d'Olonne to repair and then set off again. He set off again 9 days, 2 hours and 50 minutes after the official start. He finished 13th.

With his loyal partner Charal, Jérémie built a second IMOCA, Charal 2, designed by the architect Sam Manuard. The latter is then the one of audacity and versatility with a spatulated hull, which Jérémie took to 3rd place in the Route du Rhum 2022.

For the 2023 double-handed season, he embarks Franck Cammas. The renowned sailor has been a member of the team for over a year and has notably participated in the construction of Charal 2 and the first sailings alongside the team.


Sailing Highlights

2023: Guyader Bermudes 1000 Race - 2nd
Route du Rhum - 3rd
Défi Azimut-Lorient Agglomération - 3rd
2022 :
Vendée Arctique - 2nd
Guyader Bermudes 1000 Race - 2th
Transat Jacques Vabre - 3rd

2021: Rolex Fastnet Race - 2nd
Vendée Globe - 13th (89d 18h 55m 58s)
Défi Azimut - Winner
Vendée-Arctique-Les Sables d'Olonne - Winner
Transat Jacques Vabre - 3rd
Défi Azimut - Winner
Rolex Fastnet Race - Winner
Route Du Rhum - Destination Guadeloupe - Retired
2018: Défi Azimut - Retired
2018: Volvo Ocean Race - Winner
2017: Vendée Globe - 3rd
2016: Transat NY - Vendée - Winner
2015: Solitaire du Figaro 2015 - 4th
2015: Tour de France à la Voile - 10th
2015: Transat Jacques Vabre - Retired
2014: Route du Rhum - 2nd Route du Rhum 2014 
2014: Solitaire du Figaro - Winner
2013: Rolex Fastnet Race - 2nd
2013: Solitaire du Figaro - 5th
2013: Transat Jacques Vabre - 3rd with Christopher Pratt
2012: Vendée Globe - Retired
2011: Transat Jacques Vabre - Winner with Jean-Pierre Dick
2008: Vendée Globe - Retired
2009: Transat Jacques Vabre - 4th with Michel Desjoyeaux
2005: La Solitaire du Figaro - Winner
2004: La Solitaire du Figaro - 4th 
2004: Transat Ag2r - 6th with Kito De Pavant
2003: Transat Jacques Vabre - 4th with Vincent Riou
2001: La Solitaire du Figaro - 4th 


Sail numberFRA 3
ArchitectSam Manuard
Construction2022, CDK Technologies, Lorient
Former names
Length18,28 m
Draught4,5 m
Mast height29m
Mast typeWing mast
Sail area max.
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© Eloi Stichelbaut - polaRYSE / Charal
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© © Jean-Marie Liot/Alea
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© ©Eloi Stichelbaut - polaRYSE / IMOCA
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