44 years old

Boulogne Billancourt et Lorient

With origins from Bretagne, a seafarer since his early childhood, Stéphane Le Diraison has strong genetic influences. He settled in the Paris area and joined Bureau Veritas as manager of the renewable marine energies activity until 2015. He is a high level sportsman and responsible citizen, involved in the protection of the oceans.  “I’m a fighter on the water as well as on land,” he explains, “to deliver this message that is dear to me”.

He has always loved the sea, ever since his early years, aboard the family’s boat. After adolescence, he sets off to discover South European destinations on a small 6m boat, always alone on board. It is at sea that this pragmatic man, who has become a methodical engineer, recharges his batteries. While living in Lorient, his neighbours on the pontoon were Alain Gautier and Jean-Luc Van Den Heede, renowned starters of the Vendée Globe. Competing in this solo round-the-world race has become a fixed idea.

Stéphane Le Diraison made his dream come true. Mini-transat on a series boat then a prototype, Class40 ; his results speak in favour of him. He gathered loyal sponsors such as his city of adoption, Boulogne-Billancourt, and enters his first Vendée Globe, which remained unfinished after he dismasted off the Australian coasts. He admitted that, the first time, “everything is new and I was seen as a novice in the class. This time, I’m not preparing in the same way.”

With two new partners (Suez and Bouygues Construction), together with Boulogne-Billancourt, Stéphane Le Diraison’s boat has changed appearance, and is now called Time For Oceans, a cause well in line with the skipper’s preoccupations. With a new mast and a great eighth place in the Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe, Stéphane Le Diraison now knows what he must do to be ready for the Vendée Globe 2020.



IMOCA monohull

  • Sail number : FRA 92
  • The boat’s previous names: Hugo Boss, Energa, Compagnie du Lit-Boulogne Billancourt
  • Designer: Finot-Conq Design
  • Chantier : Neville Hutton
  • Launch Date: 01 June 2007
  • Length: 18,28 m
  • Beam: 5,84 m
  • Draught: 4,50 m
  • Displacement (weight): 8,5 t
  • Number of drifts: foils
  • Mast height: 28 m
  • Keel blade: monotype
  • Upwind sail area: 300 m2
  • Downwind sail area: 550 m2

This IMOCA signed Finot-Conq was developed for Alex Thomson and launched in 2007. It’s almost a sistership to Armel Le Cléac’h’s ex Brit Air, 2nd in the Vendée Globe 2008-2009. Large and powerful, Stéphane Le Diraison’s boat has proved its worth, in particular by becoming the first IMOCA to exceed 500 miles in 24 hours during the Barcelona World Race 2007-2008 . After three failed attempts at the hands of Alex Thomson (2008-2009), Zbigniew Gutkowski (2012-2013), and them himself during the 2016 edition due to a dismasting, Stéphane Le Diraison hopes to finish his Vendée Globe 2020 on this boat. To make it more competitive, he has undertaken work to lighten it (690 kgs) and has bought a new mast signed Lorima (28 m).


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Solène Loyau

Directrice de Projet - Time For Oceans

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