Violette DORANGE

IMOCA Globe Series30th
Points151 pts
Age23 (4/17/01)
Top performanceThe youngest female yachtswoman to have crossed the Atlantic aboard an IMOCA single-handed yacht
Joined Imoca on2023
BasePort-La-Forêt (FRANCE)
CommitmentLa Fondation Apprentis d'Auteuil


From an early age, Violette has been involved in the world of competitive sailing. After reaching the top level in light 420 sailing, crossing the English Channel in an Optimist at the age of 15, then the Straits of Gibraltar at 16, the sailor from La Rochelle developed a passion for ocean racing.

In 2018, she then decided to embark on her first adventure, the Mini Transat, and became the youngest woman to take part in this race. Violette doesn't stop there. A year later, she joined the Figaro circuit and competed in the Solitaire du Figaro for three consecutive seasons to perfect her skills in preparation for the Vendée Globe 2024. Determined, it was in 2023 that she acquired her IMOCA, Jean Le Cam's Farr design, which had already completed five round-the-world races.

Violette's first year on the IMOCA circuit is going promisingly well, as she works her way up to the front of the daggerboard IMOCA class with co-skipper Damien Guillou, as well as competing single-handed in the Retour à La Base. She is still looking for funding for her Vendée Globe campaign, but she still hopes to be on the starting line for the solo round the world race on 10 November.

Sailing Highlights

2023 : Retour à La Base - 23th
2023 : Transat Jacques Vabre - 21th
2023 : Défi Azimut-Lorient Agglomération - 13th
Other highlights

2022: Sardinha Cup - 4th double-handed with Julien Pulvé
2022: Solitaire du Figaro - 10th
2021: Solitaire du Figaro - 19th
2021: Transat en Double Figaro - 9th with Alan Roberts
2020: Solitaire du Figaro - 30th
2019: Mini Transat - 16th
2018: Young Open 420 World Championships - 3rd
2017: Open 420 Youth World Championships - 2nd

2017: French Open 420 Championship - Winner
2016: Open 420 World Youth Championships - 3rd
2016: French Open 420 Championship - Winner


Sail numberFRA 1
ArchitectFarr Yacht Design
Construction2006, Port La Forêt
Former namesFONCIA, TC2, MOVISTAR, MAPFRE, Maître CoQ, Mare, Cheminées Poujoulat, Hubert, Finistère Mer Vent, Yes We Cam !
Length18,28 m
Beam5,90 m
Draught4,50 m
Weight8 tonnes
Mast height29 m
Mast typeWing mast
Sail area max.
Upwind300 m2
Downwind620 m2
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