IMOCA Globe Series16th
Points65 pts
Age46 (6/26/77)
Top performanceFinisher of the Vendée Globe 2016-17 and 2020-21
Joined Imoca on2015
CommitmentRomain Attanasio's partners are committed to respect for the environment, sustainable development and quality of life at work.


Nothing predisposed Romain Attanasio to become a sailor, since he was born into a family of... high level skiers, from the Hautes-Alpes. As a child, he nevertheless spent all his holidays with a great uncle in Port Navalo. This one took him to sea aboard his Poker, a small family cruiser from the 70s. The destinations were then not very far away: Houat, Hoedic, Belle Ile-en-Mer, the Gulf of Morbihan.

The browser virus is taken. As a teenager, Romain was passionate about big ocean races from his boarding school room in Compiègne. He begins in drifter at the local club and then, against all odds, manages to join the sports-study section of La Baule, by laser. In one school year, he discovered a real talent for sailing.

He managed to set up a Mini 6.50 project, but in 1999 a huge storm hit the Bay of Biscay and his first major ocean race experience - the Mini Transat - was frightening: the boat was turned over, saved in extremis by a cargo ship, then hoisted and repatriated to Spain and France.

Without clothes, without paper and with an improbable look, "I arrive at Orly in flip-flops and tracksuits', with a garbage bag in my hand... Today, I would be arrested by the police with such a look!"

Failed? Not exactly, because his partner at the time found the start experience exciting and gave him the means to continue in Figaro Bénéteau. Romain joins the Pôle Finistère of Port-La-Forêt, the royal road for a Figarist. He is becoming one of its pillars, with excellent results in line with La Solitaire du Figaro and the Transat AG2R. He will follow ten seasons, while also sailing for the best in multihulls, at the time of the Orma trimarans: with Michel Desjoyeaux first on Géant, then with Franck Cammas on Groupama. A skilled strategist, he is often hired as a navigator.

After completing his first round the world voyage in the Vendée Globe 2016-17 in 110 days, Romain is already preparing for the 2020-21 edition.

After completing his first round-the-world race during the 2016-17 Vendée Globe in 110 days, Romain chose to repeat the experience four years later on Fabrice Amedeo's former IMOCA (Gitana80 designed for Loick Peyron). He then finished his single-handed round-the-world race 14th in 90 days. 

A few weeks after crossing the finish line of the round the world race, Romain announced the purchase of Boris Herrmann's Malizia, a powerful and high-performance foiler, as well as the arrival of Fortinet, a company specialising in cyber security, at his side. With Best Western also as a loyal partner, Romain can now look forward to the Vendée Globe 2024 with confidence and great ambitions.

In 2021, despite the discovery phase of his new boat, the skipper took part in the IMOCA GLOBE SERIES events and finished in a very good seventh place in the Transat Jacques Vabre with his great accomplice, Sébastien Marsset. The following year, he finished 10th in the Route du Rhum.

In 2022, the sailor will meet the collaborators of his sponsor Fortinet from London to Lisbon via Gosport, and this adventure will continue in 2023 as the sailor will head for the Mediterranean where he will stop in the ports of Marseilles, Genoa and Barcelona with the same objective of discovering the world of IMOCA.

Sailing Highlights

2023: Défi Azimut-Lorient Agglomération - 9th
Rolex Fastnet Race - 10th
Route du Rhum - 10th
Défi Azimut-Lorient Agglomération - 8th
Vendée Arctique - 17th
Transat Jacques Vabre - 7th

2021: Défi Azimut - 9th
Rolex Fastnet Race - 6th
Vendée Globe - 14th (90d 02h 46m 02s)
: Défi Azimut - 15th
: Transat Jacques Vabre - 15th
2019: Défi Azimut - 19th
2018: Route du Rhum - 13th
Dhream Cup - 5th
Transat AG2R - 13th
Transat Jacques Vabre - 13th with Aurélien Ducroz
2016: Vendée Globe - 15th
2015: Transat Jacques Vabre - 9th with Louis Burton
2014: Transat AG2R - 4th with Sam Davies
Transat AG2R - 3rd with Nicolas Béranger
Mini Transat 6.50 - Retired


Sail numberFRA 10
ArchitectVPLP/ Verdier
Construction2015, Chantier Multiplast, Vannes
Former namesGitana 16 - Edmond de Rotschild, Malizia II - Yacht Club de Monaco
Mast height29 mètres
Mast typeWing mast
Sail area max.
Upwind290 m2
Downwind490 m2
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