Clarisse CREMER


Clarisse CREMER

30 years old


Clarisse had rather prepared herself to go round the world on a plane, with business as the main motivation. With a degree in business from an American university and HEC Paris, the Parisian had her way clearly traced. But behind the walls of the renowned business school, the President of HEC’s sailing club was already getting restless, already imagining herself tacking on the ocean.


Clarisse discovered sailing during her holidays, between Bretagne and the Channel Islands, between regattas and her first adventurous crossings. Then Clarisse on the Atlantic “was born. A model of marketing pertinence which enabled her to tell her story, a young woman taking on the Mini-Transat 2017, an example of personal challenge. On the Atlantic, for her first off-shore sailing, the Parisian proved to be as good a yachtswoman as a communicator, finishing second of the series ranking. A miracle ? Not really.


« In the class Mini, there are mostly people who have a job. Me, I was doing freelance work, I was able to train.” She smiles, but she also works. A lot. Some time for her website,, specialized in custom-made adventurous trips that she launched with her brother as soon as she graduated ; some time for learning regatta with the talentuous trainer Tanguy Leglatin, and her companion, Tanguy le Turquais, which has enabled her to forge her know-how on the water. In 2018, Clarisse continued her apprenticeship on a Figaro, in the Tour Voile to return to regattas. At the same time, the sponsorship team of Banque Populaire was wondering how to continue being present on the water during the construction of Armel Le Cléac’h’s new maxi-trimaran. Banque Populaire’s team director, Ronan Lucas, admitted having been seduced by Clarisse’s profile and by the monohull IMOCA60 SMA, former winner of the Vendée Globe at the hands of François Gabart. So, all of a sudden, Clarisse Crémer has set course for the Vendée Globe 2020. Almost an evidence.



IMOCA monohull

  • Sail number : FRA30
  • The boat’s previous names: Macif - SMA
  • Designer: Verdier - VPLP
  • Chantier : CDK - Mer Agitée
  • Launch Date: 01 March 2011
  • Length: 18,28m
  • Beam: 5,70m
  • Draught: 4,5m
  • Displacement (weight): 7,7 t
  • Number of drifts: 2
  • Mast height: 29m
  • Keel blade: acier forgé
  • Upwind sail area: 340m2
  • Downwind sail area: 570m2

It is difficult to find a better track record among the old generation IMOCA boats. Winner of the Vendée Globe in 2012-2013 with the colours of MACIF and François Gabart as skipper, this IMOCA60 has also won the Route du Rhum twice, with François Gabart first, and with Paul Meilhat and SMA in 2018. The Banque Populaire team has chosen not to equip it with foils for the next Vendée Globe because the boat can already speed away in all conditions and has proved its reliability. Moreover, the learning process might have been too challenging for the skipper. Will this stop the winner boat of the Vendée Globe 2012 from playing at the forefront ? It’s very unlikely.



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