Manuel Cousin, Groupe Sétin, IMOCA, Vendée Globe, Route du Rhum, Vendée Arctique Les Sables d'Olonne
IMOCA Globe Series21th
Points114 pts
Age53 (7/10/67)
Top performance14th - Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe 2018
Joined Imoca on2017
TeamTeam Manuel Cousin
PartnersGroupe SETIN, Web et Solutions, Helly Hansen, Hyundai, Fendertex, Nethuns, Demetz, Association Coup de Pouce


Naturally affable, at first glance Manuel Cousin has the profile of a passionate sailor. However, there’s much more to this 52-year-old Norman, based in Les Sables d'Olonne, his boat’s home port. For him, there is competition at every level of the ranking.

Boasting a Class40 background, he racked up a very positive performance in these first few years with Groupe SETIN;
participation in flagship events like the Transat Jacques Vabre and the Québec Saint-Malo, which enabled him to move up into IMOCA circles in 2017 and develop today’s solid project for the Vendée Globe 2020.
His first season on the IMOCA Groupe SETIN was a reflection of his temperament. The only skipper in the IMOCA class to have competed in and finished every race on the 2018 calendar, he has pulled out all the stops to ensure he feels confident about the future.

His determination to secure his entry ticket for the Vendée Globe goes hand in hand with his perseverance and his taste for controlled risk. Currently lying in 11thplace in the IMOCA GLOBE SERIES ranking, he’s setting a more sporty tempo this season with his sights on the head of the ranking for the IMOCAs without foils.
And he certainly has the skills to do just that, as echoed by last season’s Route du Rhum performance. Naturally, he fully intends to continue in the same vein by participating in all the races on the 2019 circuit, with the Vendée Globe in his line of sight.

Sailing Highlights

2020: Vendée-Arctique-Les Sables d'Olonne - 15th
Défi Azimut - 18th 
Rolex Fastnet Race - 11th
Bermuda 1000 Race - 12th 
2018: Route du Rhum - 14th
2018: Monaco Globe Series - 6th 
2018: Bermudes 1000 Race - 4th 
2017: Transat Jacques Vabre - 11th 
2017: Rolex Fastnet Race - 14th IMOCA
2016: Quebec Saint-Malo - 14th Class40
2015: Transat Jacques Vabre - 7th in Class40


Groupe Sétin, IMOCA, Manuel Cousin, Vendée Globe© Groupe Sétin

Sail numberFRA 71
ArchitectFarr Yacht Design
Construction2007, Southern Ocean Marine, Nouvelle-Zélande
Former namesPaprec-Virbac 2, W Hotels, ESTRELLA DAMM, WE ARE WATER, Le Bateau des Métiers by Aerocampus, La Mie Câline, La Mie Câline – Artipôle
Length18,28 m
Beam5,80 m
Draught4,5 m
Weight9 tonnes
Mast height29 m
Mast typeWing mast
Sail area max.
Upwind270 m2
Downwind560 m2


2020Vendée Globe


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