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Arnaud Boissières / AKENA Vérandas

Classement 8

AKENA Vérandas - Boissières



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AKENA Vérandas / <small>© François Chevalier</small>
© François Chevalier

winner of the latest Vendée Globe. The powerful and competitive yacht was bought in 2009 and repaired after suffering damages in 2008. She finished 7th in the 2009 Transat Jacques Vabre and in the 2010 Route du Rhum.


Former names: PRB
Designer: Bruce Farr Yacht Design
Construction: CDK Technologies
Launched: September 2006
Length: 18.28 m
Beam: 5.85 m
Draught: 4.50 m
Displacement: 8 tons
Mast height: 28.10 m
Centreboards: 2
Keel blade: Steel
Sail area upwind: 300 sq meters
Sail area downwind: 500 sq meters



Nationality : French
Résidence : La Teste de Buch (Gironde)
Age : 40
Boat : AKENA Vérandas
Website : www.akenavoile.com/index.html
Vendée Globe Wins and Performances : 2nd entry in the Vendée Globe (7th in 2008-2009)

Yachtsmen always wish they were sailing offshore yet not a day goes by without them talking about the waters on which they had their first sailing experiences. For Arnaud Boissières, these waters are in Arcachon and its well-known bay. He is funny, nice and open which, along with his availability, is appealing and comes as a reminder that you can be a very serious skipper without taking yourself too seriously. The yachtsman, who is seen as an ideal buddy, was immediately welcome in the offshore racing world and nicknamed “Cali”, half-tenderly and half-amusedly.

An offensive way of sailing

But there is a lot more to Boissières than all that as he is also a stubborn and ambitious yachtsman. He learnt offshore sailing from some of the best skippers such as Yves Parlier or Catherine Chabaud who trusted him their own boats. He naturally likes to go for things and will never give up. After dismasting in the 1999 Mini Transat, he not only managed to save his boat after a stop in France but he also finished the race. Cali sailed with champions like Olivier de Kersauson in his round-the-world record attempt before making a name for himself in solo races. At the age of 36, he participated in his first Vendée Globe and finish seventh. Even though sailing specialists all agreed on how great his human qualities were, very few expected such a performance from a man who was virtually but soon became one of the favourites of the public, who appreciates his good humor and his availaibility. With a circumnavigation, six transatlantic races and thousands of nautical miles of training, Boissières has become one of the most experienced skippers in the world.


Wins and Performances

Participation in the Transat Jacques Vabres (G. Véniard)
SNSM Record

7th in the Route du Rhum
2nd in the SNSM Record

7th in the Transat Jacques Vabres (V. Riou)
7th in the Vendée Globe

7th in the Transat Artemis

9th in the Transat B to B
4th in the SNSM record

Winner of the 2005 Equator Race
Record of the Tour of Ireland
Three Solitaire du Figaro participations: 2002, 2003 and 2004
Three Mini-Transat races: 1999, 2000 and 3rd in 2001

Press contact

Aurélie BARGAT
+33 (0)6 87 84 38 99

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