Yannick BESTAVEN

IMOCA Globe Series27th
Points100 pts
Age49 (12/28/72)
Top performanceWinner of the Vendée Globe 2020-21
Joined Imoca on2008
TeamEquipe Voile Maître CoQ
BaseLA ROCHELLE
PartnersMAITRE COQ
CommitmentAssociation ECHO-MER

Profile

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.

Yannick has been involved in a series of double-handed Class40 projects, until he launched his IMOCA campaign again in 2018, ten years after his first Vendée Globe campaign. Accompanied by Maître CoQ, the skipper from La Rochelle is taking part in all the solo races, but also in double-handed races with Roland Jourdain. On November 8, 2021, he lined up at the start of the famous solo round-the-world race, which he won after 80 days of racing and following the rescue of Kevin Escoffier.

In the summer of 2022, Yannick will launch a new IMOCA boat for his third solo round the world race.

Sailing Highlights

2022: Route du Rhum - 19th
2021:
Transat Jacques Vabre - 9th
2020-21:
Winner of the Vendée Globe (80d 03h 44m 46s - 10:15 of bonification)
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

Name MAÎTRE COQ V
Sail numberFRA 17
ArchitectGuillaume Verdier
Construction2022, CDK Technologies
Former names
Length18,28 m
BeamNC
Draught4,5 m
WeightNC
Mast height29 m
Mast typeWing mast
FoilsYes
Sail area max.
UpwindNC
DownwindNC

Team

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