Kevin ESCOFFIER

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Country FR

PRB

IMOCA Globe Series-
Points-
Age41 (4/4/80)
Top performance2018: Volvo Ocean Race - Dongfeng Race Team - 1st
Joined Imoca on2019
TeamTeam PRB
BasePORT-LA-FORÊT
PartnersPRB
CommitmentWWF

Profile

A very experienced offshore sailor, Kevin Escoffier, who previously headed the design office of Team Banque Populaire, has a Jules Verne Trophy and two Volvo Ocean Race campaigns to his credit, including a winning campaign with Dongfeng Race Team in 2017-18.

A technology enthusiast, Kevin has already been part of the PRB team since he was a member of the team when Vincent Riou's Farr design was built for the 2006 Vendée Globe. It is at the helm of the VPLP/Verdier design launched in 2010 and boosted with foils in 2018 (the last PRB led by Vincent Riou) that Kevin launches the 2019 season with the goal of the 2020 Vendée Globe. 

The skipper then took several second places in races before tackling the solo round the world race. After more than twenty days at sea, on November 30, at 2:46 pm, the IMOCA PRB broke in two. Kevin triggered his distress beacon 600 miles southwest of the Cape of Good Hope. He was rescued some 12 hours later by Jean Le Cam. 

As soon as he returned, the sailor started a new project. He decided to build a new boat and bought the hull of an IMOCA boat under construction at Jason Carrington's yard in England. With this new boat, Kevin Escoffier plans to participate in the Vendée - Arctic in July 2022, as well as the Route du Rhum the same year. Until then, he will be alongside Armel Le Cléac'h on the Maxi Trimaran Banque Populaire XI for the 2021 Transat Jacques Vabre. 

Sailing Highlights

2020-21: Vendée Globe - ABD
2020 :
Défi Azimut - 5th
2020:
Vendée-Arctique-Les Sables d'Olonne - 5th
2019:
Transat Jacques Vabre - 2nd
2019:
Défi Azimut - 2nd
2019:
Rolex Fastnet Race - 2nd 
2018:
Volvo Ocean Race, Dongfeng Race Team - 1st
2012: Trophée Jules Verne - 1st
2011: Rolex Fastnet Race 
2009: Atlantique Nord Record 

Boat

Name PRB
Sail numberFRA 85
ArchitectVPLP - Verdier
Construction2009, CDK Technologies, Port La Forêt
Former namesPRB, ARKEA PAPREC, PRB
Length18,28 m
Beam5,60 m
Draught4,50 m
WeightNC
Mast height29 m
Mast typeMât-Aile
FoilsYes
Sail area max.
Upwind300 m2
Downwind600 m2
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