In spite of his quiet modesty, Bertrand de Broc is one of the major figures in the Vendée Globe. A real character. The young boy, who sailed for the first time on a Requin with his grandfather on the Odet River in the seventies has come a long way. After racing in the Figaro for the first time at the age of just 18, Bertrand went on to race on all types of boat with one or more hulls achieving many successes and some epic podium places. As in the 1994 Transat AG2R when he sailed with his cousin, Marc Guillemot missing out on winning the race by just 63 seconds to the duo formed by Roland Jourdain and Jean Le Cam… We all know what happened to those four sailors, as all of them became Vendée Globe heroes.
The legend of Bertrand de Broc came about due to an incident at sea, which earned him the nickname of Rambo: injured in the face in the 1992-1993 Vendée Globe, he sewed his tongue back together at sea, guided from ashore by the race doctor.
Bertrand also came up with the concept of Votre nom autour du monde, a precursor of crowdfunding that has now become so popular. Hundreds of small sponsors contributed modest sums. The idea has developed. Bertrand is above all a great sailor, who knows instinctively how to sail quickly and is always at one with the sea. He has gained a lot of experience. While he was forced to retire after suffering damage in 1993 and 1996, he overcame fate in the last edition by completing the voyage and finishing in ninth place. he will be setting off for the fourth time in the Vendée Globe, which is something that deserves our full respect.