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Bernard Stamm / Cheminées Poujoulat

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Cheminées Poujoulat / <small>© François Chevalier</small>
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With a new visual design, a new profile and a new designer, Cheminees Poujoulat will definitely not go unnoticed in les Sables d’Olonne. The latest boat designed by Juan Kouyoumdjian attracted the admiration at the 2011 Rolex Fastnet Race (3rd place) and the 2012 Europa Warm’Up (4th).


Designer: Juan Kouyoumdjian
Construction: Décision SA (Suisse)
Launch date: May 12, 2011
Length: 18.28 m
Beam: 5.8 m
Draught: 4.50 m
Displacement (weight): 8.5 tons
Centerboards: 2
Mast height: 29 m
Keel blade: Not available
Sail area upwind: 300 sq metres
Sail area downwind: 600 sq metres


Nationality :
Résidence : Guilers (Finistère)
Age : 49
Boat : Cheminées Poujoulat
Website : www.poujoulat.bernard-stamm.com/fr
Vendée Globe Wins and Performances : 3rd entry in the Vendée Globe (retired in 2008-2009 and 2000-2001)

Bernard Stamm was born in Switzerland and developed his true vocation on the sometimes difficult waters of Lake Geneva. The man who was to become one of the best skippers of his generation wanted nothing more than to be free and to explore the world. To experience freedom, he started working as a lumberjack, a job in which he could be close to nature. He later became a helmsman in the merchant navy and explored the world, as he had always dreamed of. Throughout the four years he spent in the navy, Stamm developed a craving for constantly discovering new horizons. 1995 was a key year for the yachtsman, with his first competition and a third place in the Mini Transat at the helm of a prototype he had built himself. The next logical step was to sail around the world.

 A man of challenges and great stories

As a man of challenges and great stories, Stamm decided to design a 60-foot boat to compete in the 2000-2001 Vendee Globe. Unfortunately, despite the goodwill and solidarity that had made the adventure possible, technical issues forced Stamm to retire. He was wounded but not sunk and he soon started sailing again, winning the 2002-2003 Around Alone. After a final victory in the 2005 Trophee Jules Verne came a second title in the round-the-world non-stop race as well as several other great results. In 2007, Stamm took the helm of a yacht he had bought from Jean-Pierre Dick and competed in the 2008-2009 Vendée Globe. But the adventure came to an abrupt stop because of a damaged rudder blade. The yachtsman and his team learnt a lot from the incident, came to the conclusion they should build a brand new 60-foot monohull and started a comprehensive and ambitious sailing project. In 2012, the Swiss will be at the start of the Vendee Globe for what will hopefully be a happy reunion with offshore racing.


Wins and Performances

4th place in the Europa Warm’Up

3rd place in the Rolex Fastnet Race

9th place in the Route du Rhum

SNSM Record

3rd place in the Solidaire du Chocolat

3rd place in the Record SNSM

3rd place in the Transat Jacques Vabre 

6th place in the Transat B to B 

Winner of the Vélux 5 Oceans

Brittany Ferries Record

Co-winner of the Trophée Jules-Verne

Winner of the Around Alone

Atlantic Ocean crossing Records: with a crew (2001) et in solo (2002)

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