Jérémie BEYOU


Jérémie BEYOU

44 years old

Larmor Plage, Morbihan

You don’t win the Solitaire du Figaro three times by chance. Jérémie Beyou has the sea in his blood and a real determination to win. Since he first sailed in Morlaix Bay as a child with Bruno Jourdren as his guide (along with Armel Le Cléac’h and Yann Eliès….), this cold-blooded animal has pushed hard and never gives up. Never, never, never. He has that incredible ability to bounce back after a failure and is at his peak. Very hard to beat on a monohull or multihull. He won the Transat Jacques Vabre with Jean-Pierre Dick, finished second in the last Route du Rhum on an  IMOCA and only just missed out on the podium in the 2015 Solitaire, although he had only just got over surgery… His motivation is clear.

Charming when ashore, but a real fighter at sea, Jérémie was discovered close to les Sables d’Olonne, in Port Bourgenay in 2005, when he achieved his first win in the summer classic battling against Michel Desjoyeaux, with a hellish leg, which has become part of the legend. Mich’Desj’ declared on that day that it was an honour to have been beaten by Beyou…

At ease in heavy weather and not that bad in lighter conditions, Jérémie Beyou expresses his skill in every area. A weather expert and excellent technician. An exceptional strategist, he is aiming for revenge in the Vendée Globe, after cruelly being forced out after suffering damage in the last two editions. You just have to look at his list of achievements to see he has to be one of the favourites. The boat knows the way to the podium, as it was aboard her that Armel Le Cléac’h finished second in 2013. Jérémie will be doing his best to get her back up there and maybe even on top.



IMOCA monohull

  • Sail number : 19
  • The boat’s previous names: Foncia, Banque Populaire
  • Designer: VPLP-Verdier
  • Chantier : CDK – JMV – Green Marine
  • Launch Date: 20 September 2010
  • Length: 18,28 m
  • Beam: 5,90 m
  • Draught: 4,50 m
  • Displacement (weight): 7,8 tonnes
  • Number of drifts: 2 (foils)
  • Mast height: 29 m
  • Keel blade: Acier
  • Upwind sail area: 300 m²
  • Downwind sail area: 660 m²

Maître Coq

Just missing out on victory by a few hours – that is what separated François Gabart from Armel Le Cléac’h at the finish in les Sables d’Olonne in 2013 – the boat came in second, which is not that bad. The fifth boat designed by VPLP-Verdier, she is from the last but one generation and remains very competitive. And we know that Jérémie Beyou excels in fine-tuning his boats. He will have what it takes to make it to the podium. Particularly, as with his team, Jérémie Beyou has decided to fit Maître Coq with foils, allowing the boat to be lifted up when sailing downwind. This should enhance her performance. In early 2016, work was underway to make this change.


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