IMOCA Globe Series-
Age49 (12/28/72)
Top performanceWinner of the Vendée Globe 2020-21
Joined Imoca on2008
TeamEquipe Voile Maître CoQ
CommitmentAssociation ECHO-MER


At the age of 48, Yannick Bestaven became the winner of the Vendée Globe 2020-21. An experienced figure in ocean racing, he is recognized by his peers and has a complete oceanic record of achievements.

Yannick was born in Saint Nazaire, then spent his childhood in Arcachon. He is initiated to sailing from a very young age. Hardly finished his engineering studies, Yannick is interested in competition and more particularly in ocean racing. It was during a decisive meeting with the sailor Yves Parlier in 2000, that Yannick launched himself into transoceanic competition by entering the 2001 mini-transat (6.50m monohull) which he won without leaving any chance to the other competitors.

In 2007, Yannick launched, as a precursor and out of personal conviction, the project to sail around the world in a race using only renewable energies (sun, wind, water....) to produce the electricity necessary for the boat's proper operation.

In 2008, Yannick took the start of the Vendée Globe on the former Aquitaine Innovations belonging to Yves Parlier. Keen to reduce the weight of his boat to improve performance, he had the idea of substituting the 300 litres of fuel on the boat for a device to produce electricity aboard. He installed a reliable, light and eco-friendly hydrogenerator.

In 2009, Yannick created the Sarl (LLC) WATT & SEA, which designs, develops, manufactures and distributes hydrogenerators.

In 2010, the hydrogenerators graced several international boat shows: Grand Pavois in La Rochelle (France), METS in Amsterdam (Holland), Nautic de Paris (France). They proved to be a big hit.

A pledge of solidarity with the ECHO-MER association

Beyond an annual donation, Yannick is a standard-bearer for the ECHO-MER association, which works to limit the impact of pollution caused by Man. Echo-Mer is involved in a host of environmental projects, always with a connection to the marine environment and sustainability development. Yannick cannot imagine setting sail alone without sharing his experience and passing on his passion to those who need it. Between 2013 and 2015, he supported the ROTARY cause to fund vaccines aimed at ridding the world of polio. During the Transat Jacques Vabre 2015, with the support of Conservateur, over 175,000 children were vaccinated worldwide.

Sailing Highlights

2021: Transat Jacques Vabre - 9th
Winner of the Vendée Globe (80d 03h 44m 46s - 10:15 of bonification)
Vendée-Arctique-Les Sables d'Olonne - 6th
Défi Azimut - 4th
Rolex Fastnet Race - 6th
Bermudes 1000 Race - 2nd
2018: Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe - Retired
2017: Transat Jacques Vabre - 5th IMOCA
2015: Transat Jacques Vabre - Winner Class40
2015: Les Sables- Horta - Les Sables - Winner Class40 
2015: Normandy Channel Race - 2nd Class40
2014: Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe - 7th Class40
2013: Transat Jacques Vabre - 4th Class40 
2011: Transat Jacques Vabre - Winner Class40 
2010: Transat AG2R - 11th
2008-09: Vendée Globe - Retired
2008: Transat Quebec - Saint-Malo - 2nd
2001: Transat 6.50 - Winner


Sail numberFRA 17
ArchitectGuillaume Verdier
Construction2022, CDK Technologies
Former names
Length18,28 m
Draught4,5 m
Mast height29 m
Mast typeWing mast
Sail area max.


2022Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe


© Bernard Le Bars/Alea
© Bernard Le Bars/Alea