IMOCA Globe Series2nd
Points258 pts
Age49 (1/31/74)
Top performanceThree victories of the Solitaire du Figaro, 5th of the Vendée Globe 2016-17
Joined Imoca on2006
TeamPAPREC ARKÉA / Team Malizia
BaseLorient (FRANCE)


A mad talent, an iron will, a man raised in the roughness of North Brittany, Yann is one of those respected Breton sailors.

At a very young age, the Briochin sailor chose the offshore route rather than the school one. At the age of 23, he took part in his first Solitaire du Figaro, his first love of ocean racing, which he raced 17 times and won 3 times...

A solo sailor at heart, Yann discovered the adventure of double-handed racing in the Transat Jacques Vabre in 2007 and won the Multi 50 alongside Erwan Le Roux in 2013. He doubled up on this transatlantic race in 2017 in the Imoca class with Jean-Pierre Dick.

His experience was also forged in multihulls on the Jules Verne Trophy with Orange and also on the Route du Rhum in 2014 with the MOD 70 Paprec Recyclage entrusted by Jean-Pierre Dick. The story continued with the gentleman skipper who entrusted him with his IMOCA in the colours of UCAR-St Michel and with which Yann Eliès finished the 2018 Route du Rhum in 2nd place.

In 2019, he won the Transat Jacques Vabre with Charlie Dalin on the brand new IMOCA Apivia. Two years later, he took fourth place in the Route du Café aboard the Juan K. ARKEA PAPREC design, sailed by Sébastien Simon.

In 2023, he embarks on The Ocean Race alongside Team Malizia, then continues the season aboard the brand new Paprec Arkéa skippered by Yoann Richomme.

Sailing Highlights

2023: Transat Jacques Vabre - 2nd (Paprec Arkéa)
Défi Azimut-Lorient Agglomération - 4ème (PAPREC ARKÉA)
Rolex Fastnet Race - 2nd (Paprec Arkéa, Y.Richomme)
The Ocean Race - 3rd on Team Malizia 
2023: Guyader Bermudes 1000 Race - 6th (Paprec Arkéa, Y.Richomme)
Trophée BPGO - 5th (Figaro)

2021: Transat Jacques Vabre - 4th (Arkéa Paprec, S.Simon)
2021: Défi Azimut - 5th (Arkéa Paprec)
2021: Rolex Fastnet Race - 4th (Arkéa Paprec)
2019: Transat Jacques Vabre - Winner (Apivia, C.Dalin)
2018: Route du Rhum - 2nd (Ucar St Michel)
2017: Transat Jacques Vabre - Winner (St Michel Virbac)
2017: Vendée Globe - 5th
2016: Transat NY-Vendée - 11th
2015: Solitaire du Figaro - Winner
2015: Transat Jacques Vabre - 3rd
2014: Route du Rhum - 7th (Mod70)
2013: Solitaire du Figaro - Winner
2013: Transat Jacques Vabre - Winner (Multi50)
2012: La Solitaire du Figaro - Winner
2009: La Solitaire du Figaro - 2nd
2008: Vendée Globe - Retired due to injury
2006: French Ocean Racing Champion
2005: Jules Verne Trophy - Co-holder on Orange II
2004: French Ocean Racing Champion
2004: Solitaire du Figaro - 2nd
2004: Générali Solo - Winner (Figaro)
2003: Tour de France à la Voile - 2nd
2002: Jules Verne Trophy - Co-holder on Orange


Sail numberFRA 24
ArchitectAntoine Koch et Finot-Conq
Construction2022, Multiplast
Former names
Length18,28 m
Beam5,5 m
Draught4,5 m
Mast height29 m
Mast typeWings mat
Sail area max.
© Jean-Louis Carli
© © Jean-Marie Liot / Alea
© Yann Riou - polaRYSE / Paprec Arkea
© Eloi Stichelbaut - polaRYSE / Paprec Arkea
© Antoine Auriol / Team Malizia (Antoine Auriol / Team Malizia (Photographer) - [None]
© Antoine Auriol / Team Malizia
© M.Viezzer / ARKEA PAPREC
© Maxime Horlaville