Nicolas LUNVEN

IMOCA Globe Series5th
Points25 pts
Age38 (11/28/82)
Top performance
Joined Imoca on2015


Born in a family of sailors, Nicolas fell into the great pot of sailing at a very young age. In parallel with his studies in management and administration (Master 2), he successfully competed in regattas both in France and abroad. His passion for sailing led him to take part in the Solitaire du Figaro in 2007. This edition will be crowned by his victory in the Bizuth ranking.

Tenacious and committed, the talented young man trains at the Pôle Finistère ocean racing center in Port-La-Forêt. In 2009, an exceptional group of sailors returning from the Vendée Globe entered the Solitaire du Figaro. Desjoyeaux, Beyou, Eliès and Le Cléac'h came to defend their title but Nicolas led the race from start to finish. Intuitive, rigorous and determined, the young sailor brilliantly won this edition, at only 26 years old and for his third participation.

Since this victory, Nicolas wears the Generali colors in the pure family tradition since his father, 35 years earlier, had done the same. His quest for excellence and his professionalism have only occasionally brought him down from the podiums, ensuring his sponsor all the benefits of a successful partnership both at sea and on land. Indeed, the talented sailor knows how to become a man of communication to enhance a win-win relationship with his investors. So it is with complete authenticity that he swaps his foulies and boots for a shirt to go and tell his adventures, his fears as well as his moments of ecstasy, or simply to let people discover his wonderful environment: the one where you are always chasing the horizon line... 

In 2017, Nicolas had a flawless season on the Figaro Beneteau circuit: he won the Solitaire du Figaro for the second time, the Solo Maitre CoQ for the third time, the Tour de Bretagne (also his second victory) and thus became French Ocean Racing Champion.

He then participated in the Volvo Ocean Race aboard Turn the Tide on Plastic and just finished the Mirpuri Foundation campaign for The Ocean Race Europe. 

Sailing Highlights

2015: Transat Jacques Vabre
2015: Record SNSM
2014: Round Canary Island Race
2014: Transat AG2R
2014: Volvo Ocean Race
2013: Championnat du Monde de J80
2013: Spi OUest France
2013: Rolex Fastnet Race
2013: Solo Concarneau
2012: Solo Concarneau
2012: Rolex Sydney - Hobbart
2012: La Solitaire
2012: Championnat de France de Course au Large en Solitaire
2012: Championnat de France de Course au Large en Solitaire
2012: Spi Ouest France en J80
2011: Solo Les Sables
2011: La Solitaire
2011: Championnate de France de Course au Large en Solitaire
2011: Rolex Sydney - Hobbart
2011: Transat Bénodet - Martinique
2011: Tour de France à la Voile
2010: Solo Les Sables
2010: Transat AG2R
2010: Tour de France à la Voile
2009: Solo Quiberon
2009: Tour de France à la Voile
2009: Tour de Bretagne
2009: La Solitaire
2008: Transat AG2R
2008: Tour de France à la Voile
2007: Tour de Bretagne
2007: La Solitaire
2007: Tour de France à la Voile


INITIATIVES COEUR, IMOCA, foiler, Samantha Davies, Vendée Globe© Intitiatives-Coeur

Sail numberFRA 109
ArchitectVPLP - Verdier
Construction2010, CDK Technologies, Port La Forêt
Former namesFoncia 2, Banque Populaire, Maître CoQ
Length18,28 m
Beam5,9 m
Draught4,5 m
Weight8,5 tonnes
Mast height29 m
Mast typeWing mast
Sail area max.
Upwind280 m2
Downwind600 m2