Maxime SOREL

© PHOTO : VINCENT CURUTCHET / IMOCA
IMOCA Globe Series20th
Points27 pts
Age33 (8/11/86)
Top performanceTransat Jacques Vabre's Winner in 2017 on Class40
Joined Imoca on2019
TeamSailing Together
BaseSAINT-MALO
PartnersV and B, La Mayenne
CommitmentVaincre la Mucoviscidose (Conquering Cystic Fibrosis)

Profile

A civil engineer in life, Maxime Sorel made his first steps in sailing in front of Port Mer in Cancale. He made his debut in light sailing and get a taste for the open sea on Pascal Quintin's Multi50. In 2014, he switched to Class40 where he finished 1st Class40 Vintage on the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe. Then his honorary patron, V and B, built him a Mach 40.3

A civil engineer in life, Maxime Sorel made his first steps in sailing in front of Port Mer in Cancale. He made his debut in light sailing and get a taste for the open sea on Pascal Quintin's Multi50. In 2014, he switched to Class40 where he finished 1st Class40 Vintage on the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe. Then his honorary patron, V and B, built him a Mach 40.3 on which he quickly made progress and finished 2nd in the Transat Jacques Vabre 2015.

The year 2016 is not up to the skipper's ambitions. He will redouble his efforts and embark on the optimization of his boat at the beginning of 2017. This hard work will enable him to return to the podiums of pre-season races, to win the prestigious Rolex Fasnet Race and the Transat Jacques Vabre. He started this 4th and final year of the Class 40 V and B Sailing Team program in a favourite position.

Unfortunately, a dismasting has interrupted his Route du Rhum Destination Guadeloupe 2018. The skipper's adventures to reach the small port of La Palma in the western Canary Islands have generated unprecedented enthusiasm, particularly on the networks.

With these five years of offshore experience, Maxime Sorel is preparing a project around the world: Le Vendée Globe

 Maxime Sorel, a skipper with a big heart

"I have chosen to sail on the former "Souffle du Nord" to, in turn, race around the world during the next Vendée Globe 2020. I like to demonstrate that nothing is impossible even on such technical machines. Challenges, challenges and adventures will be the 3 key words of the next 2 seasons in IMOCA. I will continue my commitment to "Vaincre La Mucoviscidose" (Overcoming Cystic Fibrosis) with the same determination to raise the message of patients and the national association even higher. Sharing new exceptional moments with this IMOCA family, my partners and more generally the people who like to follow me, remains for me a real motivation. You're never more surrounded than when you're sailing alone."

Sailing Highlights

2019: Défi Azimut - 9th 
2019:
Rolex Fastnet Race - Retired
2019:
Bermudes 1000 Race - 5th Imoca
2018: Route du Rhum - Retired (Class40)
2018: Guyader Grand Prix - 10th
2017: Transat Jacques Vabre - 1st Class40
2017: Rolex Fasnet Race: 1st in Class40
2017: Guyader Grand Prix: 3rd Class40
2016: Normandy Channel Race: 3rd Class40 
2016: Transat Québec/Saint-Malo: 18th Class40
2015: Transat Jacques Vabre 2015: 2nd Class40  
2014: Route du Rhum : 1st vintage Class40 and 23rd overall
2014: Guyader Trophy: 1st Class40 Vintage and 8th overall
2014: World Champion Class40 vintage 

Boat

© Sailing Together

Name V AND B - MAYENNE
Sail numberFRA 53
ArchitectVPLP - Verdier
Construction2007, Indiana Yachting, Italie
Former namesGroupe BEL, IMAGINE, For Humble Heroes, Le Souffle du Nord, Kilcullen Team Irlande
Length18,28 m
Beam5,5 m
Draught4,5 m
Weight
Mast height29 m
Mast type
FoilsNo
Surface voile max.
Près365 m2
Portant700 m2

Team

© Vincent Curutchet
© Jean-Marie LIOT
© Jean-Marie LIOT
© Jean-Marie LIOT
© Paul Wyeth
© François Van Malleghem