Yannick BESTAVEN

Yannick Bestaven, Maitre Coq,
© Vincent Curutchet
IMOCA Globe Series9th
Points187 pts
Age47 (12/28/72)
Top performanceWinner of the Transat Jacques Vabre 2015 (Class40)
Joined Imoca on2008
TeamEquipe Voile Maître CoQ
BaseLA ROCHELLE
PartnersMAITRE COQ

Profile

In 2007, Yannick’s personal convictions made him something of trailblazer with the launch of a project to race around the world using solely renewable energies (sun, wind, water…) to produce the necessary electricity to enable a boat to operate smoothly.

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

2020: Vendée-Arctique-Les Sables d'Olonne - 6th
2019:
Défi Azimut - 4th
2019:
Rolex Fastnet Race - 6th
2019:
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

Boat

© Stéphanie Gaspari

Name MAITRE COQ IV
Sail numberFRA 17
ArchitectVPLP - Verdier
Construction2014, CDK Technologies, Port la Forêt
Former namesSAFRAN, Des voiles et vous
Length18,28 m
Beam5,80 m
Draught4,50 m
Weight8 tonnes
Mast height29 m
Mast typeWing mast
FoilsYes
Sail area max.
Upwind310 m2
Downwind550 m2

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