Maxime SOREL


Maxime SOREL

33 years old

Cancale (35)

It is in Cancale, facing the Port-Mer beach, that Maxime Sorel took his first tacks in dinghy sailing. Was it linked to the presence of the “Cancalaise”, the emblematic traditional fishing boat of the bay, or simply an obvious need ? Nevertheless, the young civil engineer soon spent most of his time navigating. First on Pascal Quintin’s Multi 50 to know the ropes of off-shore racing; then on the Class40 circuit with great results already in his first year – in 2014, he finished first of the “Vintage” boats, the first Class40 generation.

This first success encouraged him to have a new boat built in 2015. Aboard, he distinguished himself by reaching the podium of several big races such as the Transat Jacques Vabre or the Fastnet. Never satisfied, he decided at the end of the Route du Rhum 2018 to jump ahead and apply for the Vendée Globe 2020. A major step that doesn’t seem to frighten the skipper from St Malo who is used to making great strides. Since he started off-shore racing, Maxime Sorel has committed to support the organization Vaincre la Muscovicidose of which he is the patron. It will bring him additional motivation to face the Southern Seas…



IMOCA monohull

  • Sail number : FRA53
  • The boat’s previous names: Le Souffle du Nord - Groupe Bel
  • Designer: Verdier - VPLP
  • Chantier : Indiana Yachting (Scarlino, Italie)
  • Launch Date: 07 September 2007
  • Length: 18,28m
  • Beam: 5,50m
  • Draught: 4,50m
  • Displacement (weight): 7,7t
  • Number of drifts: 2
  • Mast height: 29m
  • Keel blade: acier
  • Upwind sail area: 365m2
  • Downwind sail area: 700m2

In Kito de Pavant’s hands, and then Thomas Ruyant’s, this Verdier-VPLP plan has undergone many changes since its launch in September 2007. But the philosophy of the project has always remained the same : to have a light boat, simple and rather easy to manoeuvre. In other words, the ideal boat to take the start of the Vendée Globe for the first time. However, V & B – Mayenne could have been far from the start line if it hadn’t been for Thomas Ruyant’s determination. During the 2016-2017 Vendée Globe, Thomas suffered serious damage after a collision with a UFO. Despite this, Thomas managed to get the boat safely back to port in New-Zealand, offering it a third life and a new chance to finish a round-the-world.


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