IMOCA Globe Series24th
Points128 pts
Age37 (6/4/85)
Top performance3rd of the Vendée Globe 2020-21
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.

In 2020, the skipper of Bureau Vallée takes the start of the Vendée Globe. Throughout the course, Louis Burton will have shown great determination to overcome numerous technical problems, even forcing him to get closer to the Macquarie Islands in the South Pacific to climb to the top of the mast. After 80 days of racing, his second place at the finish line was a huge victory.

A few days after his return to shore, Louis and his team announced the purchase of L'Occitane en Provence, the IMOCA boat that Armel Tripon will be sailing in this 9th Vendée Globe. Only a few days after the launch of the IMOCA in Saint-Malo, the skipper, surrounded by four other sailors, launched himself on The Ocean Race Europe, the first crewed race in IMOCA, which will allow the sailor from Saint-Malo to take the boat in hand for the rest of the season. Unfortunately, only a few hours after the start of the 2021 Transat Jacques Vabre, Louis, accompanied by Davy Beaudart, a long-time friend, dismasted.

In 2022, Louis will participate in all the IMOCA GLOBE SERIES races, with the goal of participating in the Vendée Globe in 2024.

Sailing Highlights

2022: Route du Rhum - Retired (dismated)
Vendée Arctique - 5th
Guyader Bermudes 1000 Race - 3rd
Transat Jacques Vabre - Retired
Défi Azimut - 4th
2021: The Ocean Race Europe - 5th

2020-21: Vendée Globe - 3rd (80d 10h 25m 12s)
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 


Sail numberFRA 02
ArchitectSam Manuard
Construction2019, Black Pepper Yachts
Former names
Length18,28 m
Beam5,5 m
Draught4,50 m
Weight7,8 tonnes
Mast height28 m
Mast typeWing mast
Sail area max.
Upwind270 m2
Downwind535 m2


© Jean-Louis Carli
© Sailing Energy/The Ocean Race
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© Louis Burton
© Stéphane Maillard / Bureau Vallée