Louis Burton, Bureau Vallée, IMOCA, Vendée Globe, Route du Rhum
IMOCA Globe Series25th
Points105 pts
Age35 (6/4/85)
Top performance7th of the Vendée Globe 2016-17
Joined Imoca on2011
TeamLouis Burton Autour Du Monde - Bureau Vallée
PartnersBureau Vallée, Exacompta, Quo Vadis, BIC, APLI AGIPA, Fellowes


Tiptoeing into the world of offshore racing, Louis Burton has managed to carve out a niche for himself around Saint Malo, where he settled after growing up in the Paris region. Starting out in Class40, thanks to the support of Bureau Vallée he very early on moved up to IMOCA and was the youngest skipper of the fleet at the start of the Vendée Globe 2012.

The adventure was cut short, but it did not discourage this born entrepreneur who, alongside his partner Servane Escoffier, also set about developing an offshore racing stable, BE Racing. He set sail on a second round the world campaign, looping the loop in 7thplace, and then in April 2017 he took possession of the foiler that won the race back to Les Sables d’Olonne, the ex Banque Populaire VIII. He has a three-pronged approach to this latest project: “To familiarise himself with the speed and impact in breezy conditions, to discover how to make headway upwind in light airs and to adopt an approach that will result in a winning project”. Indeed, ranked as an outsider, Louis Burton has since become a pretender to the podium, which was the case in the Route du Rhum - Destination Guadeloupe 2018 and a status that he cherished having made the start venue of Saint Malo his new home. Despite retiring from the race due to technical damage, he retains a burgeoning desire to conquer, so strong is his belief in the performance of his Bureau Vallée 2. Louis Burton is more determined than ever to secure a podium place in the next Transat Jacques Vabre, on 27 October 2019.

Sailing Highlights

2019: Transat Jacques Vabre - 10th
Défi Azimut - 10th
Rolex Fastnet Race - 4th
Route du Rhum - Retired
2018: Monaco Globe series - 8th
2018: Bermuda 1000 race - Retired
2017: Transat Jacques Vabre - 7th
2017: Rolex Fastnet Race - 6th
2016-17: Vendée Globe - 7th
2015: Transat Jacques Vabre - 9th
2014: Route Du Rhum - 5th
2013: Transat Jacques Vabre - 5th
2012: Vendée Globe - Abandonment after a collision with a trawler.
2011: Transat B to B - 7th 
2011: Transat Jacques Vabre - 7th 
2010: Route du Rhum - 20th 


Bureau Vallée, IMOCA, foiler, Louis Burton, Vendée Globe© Team Bureau Vallée

Sail numberFRA 18
ArchitectVPLP - Verdier
Construction2015, CDK Technologies, Port-La-Forêt
Former namesBanque Populaire VIII
Length18,28 m
Beam5,80 m
Draught4,5 m
Weight6,5 tonnes
Mast height29 m
Mast typeWing mast
Sail area max.
Upwind300 m2
Downwind600 m2


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