Yoann RICHOMME

IMOCA Globe Series1st
Points132 pts
Age40 (7/12/83)
Top performanceDouble winner of the Solitaire du Figaro (2016 and 2019) and of the Route du Rhum (2018 and 2022)
Joined Imoca on2017
TeamTeam PAPREC ARKÉA
BaseLorient (FRANCE)
PartnersPaprec, Arkéa

Profile

Yoann was born in Frejus in 1983. He is a strong and calm man with a rugby physique, hands like beats and a friendly smile. When he talks about sailing, Yoann is always looking for the right word, the clearest expression. Boasting is not his type.

Sailing was first of all a leisure activity for him: the trigger came during a transatlantic race in 2000 with his father, on the family sailboat. Competition was not something he thought about: he came to it late in life.

He was a student in Southampton. He was supposed to be a computer scientist, but he changed his mind and became a naval architect. And as he is a sportsman and needs to occupy his weekends, he takes to the water more and more, competing in his first Tours de France under sail.

With his diploma in hand, Yoann found his way: it would be technical. The preparation, the weather, the adjustments," he says, "that's what makes me tick. I have no mythology of man and the sea; I don't feel any particular pleasure in sailing single-handed. Competitive sailing is primarily a mechanical sport. For me, it's an engineering thing, especially as today's technical requirements are staggering. It is a world where I feel good".

He started out in high-level competition as a technical trainer, spending three months with Veolia on Roland Jourdain's boat, then a whole season on Nicolas Lunven's boat in the Figaro Bénéteau circuit. In 2010, he took the plunge as a Figaro skipper, probably one of the most demanding in ocean racing. He was 27 years old, nobody knew him, and he had never sailed in a race before: nevertheless he finished 2nd rookie. The press nicknamed him "the phenomenon".

Since then, Yoann has built up a fine list of achievements: double winner of the Solitaire du Figaro in 2016 and 2019, at the end of a fiftieth edition which will remain in the memories. He is also part of the very closed circle of double winners of the Route du Rhum, 2018 and 2022. In 2022, Yoann retained his Class40 crown after a magnificent comeback.

Yoann confesses to a maniacal obsession with preparation, engineering and analysis; his competitors, on the other hand, are more likely to remember his daring moves and his extraordinary endurance. In the race, Yoann demonstrates mental and athletic resources that go beyond the analytical profile he likes to give himself. In the final analysis, Yoann puts his physical resistance and athletic condition at the service of an enormous tactical lucidity - reinforced, in difficult moments, by the certainty of an irreproachable preparation.

At present, Yoann has his sights set on the next edition of the Vendée Globe, with his brand new IMOCA monohull Paprec Arkéa (Koch-Conq), built to perform in this single-handed round the world race.

After launching his new machine in February 2023, Yoann Richomme takes on his rivals on the water for the first time in the Guyader Bermuda 1000 Race, with Yann Eliès as co-skipper. The two men finished sixth before taking second place in the Rolex Fastnet Race.

Sailing Highlights

2024 : The Transat CIC - Winner
2023 : Retour à La Base - Winner
2023 : Transat Jacques Vabre - 2nd
2023 : Défi Azimut-Lorient Agglomération - 4th
2023 : Rolex Fastnet Race - 2nd
2023 : Guyader Bermudes 1000 Race - 6th
2019 : Transat Jacques Vabre - 14th
2019 : Défi Azimut-Lorient Agglomération - 5th
2019 : Rolex Fastnet Race - 16th
2017 : Transat Jacques Vabre - 10th
2017 : Défi Azimut-Lorient Agglomération - 7th
2017 : Rolex Fastnet Race - 6th
: - 7th
Other highlights

2022: Route du Rhum- Destination Guadeloupe - Winner (Class40)     
2020:
The Ocean Race Europe - Winner (VOR65)
2019:
La Solitaire du Figaro - Winner
2018: Route du Rhum- Destination Guadeloupe - Winner (Class40)
2018:
Dhream Cup - Winner (Class40)
2017:
Transat Jacques Vabre - 9th IMOCA
2016:
Championnat de France de Course au Large - 2nd
2016: La Solitaire Bompard - Le Figaro - Winner
2014: Transat AG2R - 2nd with Fabien Delahaye on MACIF
2013: Championnat de France de Course au Large - 2nd
2013: Solitaire du Figaro - Bompard - 4th
2011: Transt Jacques Vabre - 2nd Class 40 with Damien Seguin

Boat

Name PAPREC ARKÉA
Sail numberFRA 24
ArchitectAntoine Koch et Finot-Conq
Construction2022, Multiplast
Length18,28 m
Beam5,5 m
Draught4,5 m
WeightNC
Mast height29 m
Mast typeWings mat
FoilsYes
Sail area max.
UpwindNC
DownwindNC
© Jean-Louis Carli
© Jean-Louis Carli / Guyader Bermudes 1000 Race
© Eloi Stichelbaut / polaRYSE / Team Paprec Arkéa
© Yann Riou - polaRYSE / Paprec Arkea