58 years old

Montferrier sur Lez (Hérault)

There’s something of Corto Maltese when you look at Kito de Pavant’s face. The Southerner is an adventurer, an unusual sailor, who doesn’t do things like others. But he does it all well. You just have to read his book, “Le plus grand navigateur de tout l’étang” to understand something about the character. He got the sailing bug from his father, who built a tiny wooden boat by himself. It all began on the village pond in St-Pardoux-la-rivière….

Since then, little ponds have become big oceans and Kito (so called because his sister couldn’t pronounce Christophe) has had adventure after adventure on all the world’s oceans. He has crossed the Atlantic more than forty times delivering boats, which was one of his first jobs, and racing. He left the quiet waters of the Périgord for the hotter climes of the Med and continued to look beyond every horizon. Kito de Pavant is the son of the wind. He became known in 2002, achieving an incredible win in the Solitaire du Figaro beating the Bretons that he would constantly tease at the stopovers. And that he would welcome to his little beach at the Espiguinguette, in the Camargue.

So much for the folklore. As far as the racing is concerned, Kito de Pavant is one of those fast sailors, making inspired strategic choices and is always capable of winning on one or more hulls. His talent is unanimously recognised and that explains why he has sailed with all the greats: Jean Le Cam, Yves Le Blévec, François Gabart, Pietro D’Ali…

Bad luck dashed his hopes in the 2008 and 2012 Vendée Globe races forcing him out early on. We can all remember how upset he was when forced to retire from the race of his dreams… but that is all in the past. Once again on the attack, Kito fully intends to complete the voyage and be up there with the frontrunners. He has what it takes with Jean-Pierre Dick’s old boat.



IMOCA monohull

  • Sail number : FRA30
  • The boat’s previous names: Virbac-Paprec 3, Hugo Boss
  • Designer: VPLP-Verdier
  • Chantier : Cookson Boats (Nouvelle-Zélande)
  • Launch Date: 06 May 2010
  • Length: 18,28 m
  • Beam: 5,70 m
  • Draught: 4,50 m
  • Displacement (weight): 8,5 tonnes
  • Number of drifts: 2
  • Mast height: 29 m
  • Keel blade: Acier
  • Upwind sail area: 450 m2
  • Downwind sail area: 620 m2

Bastide Otio

The second generation VPLP-Verdier designed boat launched in 2010 has had a lot of success as it was on her that Jean-Pierre Dick won the Transat Jacques Vabre and the Barcelona World Race in 2011. A fine boat… and  Kito understands her  as his previous Groupe Bel was the sistership to Safran… in other words one of the two precursors in the collaboration between the VPLP team and Guillaume Verdier.


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