60 years old

La Forêt Fouesnant (Finistère)

King Jean was given this nickname because he dominated the Figaro circuit. That was twenty years ago, after young Le Cam sailed in Concarneau Bay on Mervent, the family’s little boat. The training he had aboard this Armagnac would be very useful. Among other trophies, Jean would win the Solitaire du Figaro three times. Incidentally, there are only five people in that category… and they just happen to be Vendée Globe heroes, Philippe Poupon, Jean Le Cam and Yann Eliès along with Michel Desjoyeaux and Jérémie Beyou. That alone indicates the level we are talking about. He then went on to achieve other victories and podium places on all sorts of boats, with one or more hulls, including world championship titles (Formula 40 and FICO), records , transatlantic races…

This talented Breton is equally skilled at preparing boats ashore as he is at sea sailing them quickly and finding the right trajectory. But Jean is more than that too. Over the years with all these successes, he has become a legendary figure, one of the faces of ocean racing and the Vendée Globe in particular. Because of his obvious skills as a sailor. Because of his incredible adventures, such as his epic duel with Vincent (Riou) the Terrible or Goldfinger (Mike Golding). Jean loves coming up with nicknames for his racing friends… He enjoys pleasing the general public and the media with his wit and wisdom and his humour. What more could we ask for? If Jean Le Cam didn’t exist, someone would have to invent him. Ocean racing wouldn’t be what it is today without him. Legend has it that he was among the very few people, who dared criticise Eric Tabarly to his face, after a boat capsized. He entered the history books too when he capsized off Cape Horn and had to be rescued in some incredible conditions by Vincent Riou… who beat him to the finish in the Vendée Globe four years earlier. To celebrate that, the pair would race together and win the transatlantic race in 2013.

Jean has never left the forefront of the world of sailing. And he is there once again on the boat he will use for the 2016 Vendée Globe, aboard which he won another round the world race, the Barcelona World race a few months ago in the company of Bernard Stamm. This will be his fourth Vendée Globe. He is bound to please us once again.



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