Yannick BESTAVEN Maître CoQ IV

Yannick BESTAVEN

2nd participation

FR

47 years old

La Rochelle

It took a lot of patience for Yannick Bestaven to be able to take once again the start of his Graal, the Vendée Globe, after an attempt aborted in the Bay of Biscay in 2008. Dismasting just a few hours in the race suddenly broke all his dreams of going round-the-world. Instead of lamenting his misfortune, the sailor from La Rochelle chose the business world while focusing his sailing on more affordable Class40. That is how nearly all the Vendée Globe monohulls have taken with them…

Achievements

2020

Vendée Arctique Les Sables d'Olonne, 6th

2019

Transat Jacques Vabre, 11th
Fastnet Race, 6th
Bermudes 1000 Race, 2nd
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2018

Route du Rhum, retired

2017

Transat Jacques Vabre, 5th

2015

Class40
Transat Jacques Vabre, 1st
Les Sables – Horta – Les Sables, 1st

2014

Class40
Route du Rhum Destination Guadeloupe, 4th

2013

Class40
Transat Jacques Vabre, 4th

2012

Class40
Normandy Channel Race, 3rd

2011

Class40
Transat Jacques Vabre, 1st
Les Sables – Horta – Les Sables, 2nd

2008

Transat Québec – Saint-Malo, 2nd
Vendée Globe, retired

2001

Classe Mini : Transat 650 La Rochelle – Salvador de Bahia, 1st

Portrait

Yannick BESTAVEN

It took a lot of patience for Yannick Bestaven to be able to take once again the start of his Graal, the Vendée Globe, after an attempt aborted in the Bay of Biscay in 2008. Dismasting just a few hours in the race suddenly broke all his dreams of going round-the-world. Instead of lamenting his misfortune, the sailor from La Rochelle chose the business world while focusing his sailing on more affordable Class40. That is how nearly all the Vendée Globe monohulls have taken with them a part of his know-how when installing the Watt&Sea company’s hydrogenerators.

 

It is actually the skipper’s abilities as well as his profile of entrepreneur that seduced the leaders of Maître CoQ when they were looking for a candidate for the Vendée Globe 2020. Between 2008 and now, Yannick Bestaven hasn’t wasted time : two victories in the Transat Jacques Vabre in Class40, a Route du Rhum 2014 finished in fourth position after a tough fight, a successful collaboration on an IMOCA with Kito de Pavant, and the purchase of a 2006 Farr design to compete in the Route du Rhum 2018. Since then, his ambitions have gone one step up as Yannick has decided to buy Morgan Lagravière’s former Safran in the Vendée Globe 2016.

 

Since his debut in the world of off-shore racing, Yannick Bestaven has always made the choice to develop his own projects with the best autonomy. In 2001, he won the Mini-Transat on a boat that he had built himself with the help of Arnaud Boissières who actually finished third. For this 2020 edition of the Vendée Globe, he will be his own shipowner, responsible for the project from start to finish. You never get rid of entrepreneurship completely.

IMOCA monohull

Maître CoQ IV

Maître CoQ was the first foiler designed by architects Verdier – VPLP for the Vendée Globe 2016. Launched in March 2015, it required a long period of fine tuning and adjustments to make it one of the most competitive units of the 2016 edition. Bought by Roland Jourdain’s Kaïros team, the monohull has been maintained constantly and is still perfectly competitive. To take control of it, Yannick Bestaven was able to draw upon Roland Jourdain’s expertise with whom he learned the ropes at first.

Maître CoQ IV

  • Sail number : 17
  • The boat’s previous names: Safran - Des Voiles et Vous
  • Designer: Verdier - VPLP
  • Chantier : CDK Technologies
  • Launch Date: 12 March 2015
  • Length: 18,28m
  • Beam: 5,80m
  • Draught: 4,50m
  • Displacement (weight): 8 t
  • Number of drifts: foils
  • Mast height: 29m
  • Keel blade: acier mécano soudé
  • Upwind sail area: 310m2
  • Downwind sail area: 550m2

Press contact

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