Clément GIRAUD


Clément GIRAUD

39 years old

Toulon (83)

What if Clément Giraud was the missing link between adventurer and competitor ? The navigator from the Var has several assets to put forth among the contenders for the next Vendée Globe. Firstly, his background : after growing up in the Caribbean, he made a point of drifting on all the seas of the world. He was able to discover the Pacific islands with his family. He followed explorer Sébastien Roubinet in his preparatory expedition for the North-West passage by sailboat on a small catamaran designed to cross ice packs. Nonetheless, Clément Giraud doesn’t scorn competition : perfect first crewman aboard Class America TP52, these sophisticated yachts mostly chartered by wealthy entrepreneurs, he can go, without any complex,  from the deck of a Mini to the deck of an ORMA trimaran or of a monohull on the Volvo Ocean Race.


Although he claims entering the Vendée Globe without real objectives in terms of result, his performances speak for him. He participated in the Bermudes 1000 Race, first race of the Globe Series and finished second non-foiler boat while beating many foilers. However his project is elsewhere : to set an example and encourage the South Region of France to become a pool for new vocations in the long term.


IMOCA monohull

Vers un monde sans SIDA
  • Sail number : FRA83
  • The boat’s previous names: Initiatives Coeur - Akena Vérandas - PRB
  • Designer: Bruce Farr design
  • Chantier : CDK Technologies
  • Launch Date: 01 September 2006
  • Length: 18,28m
  • Beam: 5,85m
  • Draught: 4,50m
  • Displacement (weight): 8,1t
  • Number of drifts: 2
  • Mast height: 31m
  • Keel blade: acier forgé
  • Upwind sail area: 300m2
  • Downwind sail area: 600m2

Fortil is part of the Farr plan series designed for the Vendée Globe 2008-2009. Initially in Vincent Riou’s hands, it was in third position when it had to come to Jean Le Cam’s assistance and dismasted subsequently . But its performance shows well the intrinsic qualities of the boat. When Tanguy de Lamotte took over the monohull for the Vendée Globe 2016, the boat was revamped and the first eight meters were modified in order to give more volume to the front of the boat and gain power. Today, the monohull is certainly one of the sharpest of its generation. It won’t be enough to reach the highest ranking, but there is room for it among the fleet of classic non-foilers… in other words, a race within a race.


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