40 years old


In the Escoffier family, navigating is an evidence. Kevin’s father, Franck-Yves, was among the great leaders of the class Multi50, triple winner of the Transat Jacques Vabre and the Route du Rhum. His brother Loïc is a fisherman who tracks down whelk on the plateau des Minquiers, a maze of rocks swept by currents off Saint-Malo. Kevin has long hesitated between two paths - sailing of course, and rugby, another family passion.


Finally he sacrified his potential career as rubgy player for engineering studies in mechanics and structures, which enabled him to enter Banque Populaire’s study office. His sense of sailing, his multiple skills and his perfect crewman profile allowed him to take part several times aboard the maxi trimaran Banque Populaire V. On board, he beat the North Atlantic record and won the Trophée Jules Verne. His technical competencies and his vitality earned him a place aboard Dongfeng next to Charler Caudrelier during the last Volvo Ocean Race.


As the tradition goes at PRB, it is Vincent Riou who crowned him to become the next skipper wearing the colours of the firm from Vendée. He may lack a little experience in solo racing, but Kevin Escoffier has gained solid grounds to quickly compensate this slight disadvantage. Being supported by the winner of the Vendée Globe 2004-2005 is well worth all the race references.



IMOCA monohull

  • Sail number : 85
  • The boat’s previous names: PRB
  • Designer: Verdier - VPLP
  • Chantier : CDK Technologies
  • Launch Date: 09 December 2009
  • Length: 18,28m
  • Beam: 5,50m
  • Draught: 4,50m
  • Displacement (weight): NC
  • Number of drifts: foils
  • Mast height: 27,40m
  • Keel blade: Acier mécano soudé
  • Upwind sail area: 300 m2
  • Downwind sail area: 600 m2

Developed for the Vendée Globe 2012-2013, this Verdier-VPLP design has demonstrated a good performance. Vincent Riou wasn’t able to defend his chances on it in the two 2012 and 2016 editions of the Vendée Globe but he distinguished himself by winning the Transat Jacques Vabre twice in 2013 and 2015 and, recently, by finishing fourth in the last Route du Rhum. Especially well built, the boat has been rejuvenated with the adding of foils in 2017 and should be perfectly competitive for the Vendée Globe 2020.

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