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Winner of the last the Vendee Globe and the 2009 Europa Race in the hands of Michel Desjoyeaux, this Bruce Farr plan is high-performing, sound, versatile and perfectly reliable. Jeremie Beyou knows this yacht inside out, having won the 2009 Europa Race with her and finished 4th of the Transat Jacques Vabre the same year. She was christened by famous French swimmer Alain Bernard in the colours of Maitre CoQ on May 13th, 2012.

Former names: Foncia, Mapfre
Designer: Bruce Farr Yacht Design
Construction: CDK Technologies
Launch date: 2007
Length: 18.28 m
Beam: 5.90 m
Draught: 4.50 m
Displacement (weight): 8,000 kg
Centreboards: 2 (right)
Mast height: 28 m
Keel Blade: stainless steel
Sail area upwind: 300 sq metres
Sail area downwind: 620 sq metres


Nationality : French
Résidence : Lorient (Morbihan)
Age : 36
Website : www.maitrecoqvoile.com
Vendée Globe Wins and Performances : Second entry in the Vendée Globe  (retired in 2008-2009)

A pure product of the Bay of Morlaix, Jeremie Beyou wore out his foul weather gear with the family on Optimists from a tender age. Trained at the Pole France sailing centre in Brest, by the age of 18, he was already up with the winners of the French Espoir Dinghy Championship. In 1995, he discovered the Beneteau Figaro and at the age of 20, he took part in his first Solitaire du Figaro. In 1998, he reached the Top Ten of the French Single-handed Offshore Racing Championship, which he won twice in 2002 and 2005. He outclassed all his contenders on the Figaro Beneteau circuit in 1995, completing an unprecedented Grand Slam: Generali Solo, Route du Ponant and Solitaire du Figaro where he snatched victory from Michel Desjoyeaux at the end of the final legendary leg.

Versatility and ability to evolve constantly at the highest level

His demanding nature and his acute sense of perfectionism pushed him to surpass himself, and it was only logical that Jérémie would want to show his talent in other races. Among other events, he competed in two Transat Jacques Vabre (4th place in 2003 on PRB with Vincent Riou and 4th place in 2009 on Foncia with Michel Desjoyeaux) and in 2006, he convinced his sponsor to back him in the Vendee Globe. His first attempt single-handed round the world ended with him retiring off the coast of Brazil. Since this frustrating experience, Jeremie has continued to show his versatility and ability to evolve constantly at the highest level. The year 2011 on his monohull was exceptional. Now a two-time winner of the Solitaire du Figaro, he also won the Transat Jacques Vabre alongside Jean-Pierre Dick on Virbrac-Paprec 3. However, his main goal is set off again for a second Vendee Globe in 2012, with the ambition of being well up front.


Wins and Performances

Winner of the Transat Jacques Vabre (with JP Dick)
Winner of the Solitaire du Figaro

7th place in the Solitaire du Figaro

4th place in the Transat Jacques Vabre (with M. Desjoyeaux)

8th place in the Transat AG2R (with V.Riou)

Winner of the Solitaire du Figaro
Orma World Champion

3rd place in the Solitaire du Figaro
6th place in the Transat AG2R (with K.de Pavant)

4th place in the Transat Jacques Vabre (with V.Riou)

4th place in the Solitaire du Figaro

Two-time solo offshore sailing national French champion (2002, 2005)
Two-time winner of the Solitaire du Figaro (2005, 2011)

Press contact

Agence Kaori : maitrecoq@kaori.fr
+33 (0)2 98 04 18 01

Gaia Coretti : gaia.coretti@kaori.fr
+33 (0)6 58 17 43 47

Partenariat Maître CoQ
Laurence CARAËS 
+33 (0)6 80 66 30 69

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