Louis DUC

IMOCA Globe Series20th
Points20 pts
Age39 (9/18/83)
Top performance2016 : Transat Anglaise - 2nd in Class40
Joined Imoca on2021
TeamFives - Lantana Environnement
PartnersGroupe Fives, Association Lantana Environnement
CommitmentLes Enfants de la Balle


A professional skipper for the past fifteen years, this self-made sailor has always managed to do a lot with little. Determined, autonomous, authentic and talented, Louis knows perfectly well that everything comes to those who know how to work and train.

This Norman is not a fan of the beaten track. Bold, curious and thoughtful, he cannot conceive of his life as an ocean racer without technological and strategic challenges.

Offshore, he is like a fish in water. A world that he masters perfectly and that he loves to share with others, to share all the pleasures and the infinite subtleties of offshore sailing.

On land, he is an entrepreneur. He has the audacity of his ideas and knows how to gather a close-knit team around him to carry out his projects. Louis is notably behind the design of the Lift40, an innovative Class40 that won the last Route du Rhum.

Sailing Highlights

2022: Vendée Arctique - 8th
Transat Jacques Vabre - 14th (IMOCA)
Transat Jacques Vabre - 5th (Class 40) 
2018: Route du Rhum - 18th
2018: Normandy Channel Race - 2nd
2017: Rolex Fastnet Race - 5th

2016: Transat Anglaise - 2nd
2015: Transat Jacques Vabre - 3rd
2014: Route du Rhum - Retired
2013: Transat Jacques Vanre - 9th
2011: Rolex Fastnet Race - 2nd
2009: Solitaire du Figaro
2008: Transat Anglaise - 4th


Sail numberFRA 172
ArchitectFarr Yacht Design
Construction2006, CDK Technologies, Port La Forêt
Former namesPRB, Akena Vérendas, Initiatives-Coeur, Bastide - Otio, Maître CoQ, FORTIL, Kostum - Lantana Paysage
Length18,28 m
Beam5,85 m
Draught4,5 m
Mast height29 m
Mast typeWing mast
Sail area max.
Upwind300 m2
Downwind600 m2
© Jean-Louis Carli
© Jean-Louis Carli