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Dominique Wavre / Mirabaud

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Mirabaud / <small>© François Chevalier</small>
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Mirabaud has already covered 49,000 miles in races. Launched in the Pacific Ocean in 2006, the 60-foot race yacht has a great list of achievements: the 2008-2009 Vendée Globe, the 2011 Barcelona World Race, a 4th place in the 2006 Route du Rhum, in the Round Britain Race as well as in the 2007 Fastnet Race and a 3rd place in the 2008 Barcelona World Race.


Designer: Owen Clarke Design
Construction: Southern Ocean Marine (New Zealand)
Launched: September 2006
Length: 18.28 m
Beam: 5.50 m
Draught: 4.50 m
Displacement: 8,500 kg
Mast height: 28 m
Centreboards: 2
Keel blade: Carbon
Sail area upwind: 330 sq metres
Sail area downwind: 600 sq metres


Nationality : Swiss
Résidence : Genève, Suisse
Age : 57
Boat : Mirabaud
Website : www.dominiquewavre.com
Vendée Globe Wins and Performances : 4th entry in the Vendée Globe (5th in 2000-2001, 4th in 2004-2005, retired in 2008-2009)

the-world races under his belt, which is a record he shares with the Swede Roger Nilson and New Zealand’s Grant Dalton. Born in Geneva of an architect father and a tennis champion mother, he will be 57 at the start of his fourth Vendée Globe. The teenager who first sailed dinghies on Lake Geneva before becoming an art student has changed with time. Wavre actually sailed a lot during his high-school years and did not hesitate much before quitting his drawing teacher position to devote himself to sailing. Throughout four decades of offshore racing, he has gathered invaluable experience on every sea in the world. Because he has already covered a huge number of miles in competition, the Swiss skipper holds no fears ... and knows his way around the three capes and through the Far South breakers perfectly well.

First Swiss skipper to complete a solo non-stop round-the-world race

At the end of the 90s, he turned to the IMOCA circuit and started building a monohull for the Vendée Globe. Thus, he became the first Swiss skipper to complete a solo non-stop round-the-world race and he established himself as a leader in his category. In February 2005, he finished his second Vendée Globe just one place off the podium and then, four months later, started building a new IMOCA 60’ boat. The 2012 Vendée Globe - which will be his tenth circumnavigation - is now Dominique Wavre’s main objective. Methodical, as precise as a Swiss watch, and with a boat that he knows perfectly well, he will be a very serious contender again.


Wins and Performances

8th in the Transat Jacques Vabre (with Michèle Paret)

Participated in the Barcelona World Race

Participated in the Vendée Globe

3rd in the Barcelona World Race (with Michèle Paret)

4th in the Fastnet Race
4th in the Round Britain Race

4th in the Route du Rhum

4th in the Vendée Globe

2nd in the English Transat

5th in the Vendée Globe

2nd in the AG2R Transat race

1997 and 1990
2nd in the Solitaire du Figaro

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