Generation 2024 boat
Imoca Maitre Coq 5
Yannick Bestaven

Yannick Bestaven

MAÎTRE COQ V
3rd participation

Profile

Yannick Bestaven has an engineering background. He is the co-designer of the hydrogenerator that equips the racing boats. He quickly got to grips with the world of sailing in the Arcachon basin with his friends Arnaud Boissières and Jean-Marie Dauris. From the Mini, which he won in 2001, to the major races on the Class40 and then IMOCA circuit, Yannick has dedicated his life to his dreams, and has won a number of major races, including the 2020 Vendée Globe. With a latest-generation IMOCA and his partners, first and foremost Maître CoQ, Yannick is a candidate to succeed him in 2024, hoping this time to share with as many people as possible, in Les Sables d'Olonne, this fantastic maritime and human adventure that is the Vendée Globe.

Achievements

2023

  • Transat Jacques Vabre

    Abandon
  • Rolex Fastnet Race

    8th

2022

  • Route du Rhum

    19th

2021

  • Transat Jacques Vabre

    9th

2020

  • Vendée Globe

    1st (80d 03h 44m 46s)
  • Vendée Arctique - Les Sables d'Olonne

    6th

2019

  • Transat Jacques Vabre

    11th
  • Défi Azimut

  • Rolex Fastnet Race

    6th
  • Bermudes 1000 Race

    2nd

2018

  • Route du Rhum

    Abandon

2017

  • Transat Jacques Vabre

    5th

2015

  • Transat Jacques Vabre (Class40)

    1st
  • Les Sables Horta Les Sables (Class40)

    1st
  • Normandy Channel Race (Class40)

    2nd

2014

  • Route du Rhum (Class40)

    7th

2013

  • Transat Jacques Vabre (Class40)

    4th

2011

  • Transat Jacques Vabre (Class40)

    1st

2010

  • Transat AG2R (Figaro)

    11th

2008

  • Vendée Globe

    Abandon
  • Transat Québec - Saint-Malo

    2nd

2001

  • Mini Transat

    1st
Imoca Maitre Coq 5

MAÎTRE COQ V

  • Architect : Guillaume Verdier
  • Construction : 2022, CDK Technologies
  • Launch date : 29 Août 2022
  • Lenght : 18,28 m
  • Draught : 4,50 m
  • Mast height : 29 m

Maître CoQ is France's No. 2 poultry brand, and since 1969 has been offering consumers a wide range of poultry products with quality labels (French origin, Farmhouse Label Rouge and Organic, animal welfare, Bleu Blanc Coeur certified), both raw and ready-prepared. The company has 8 production sites in France (7 in Vendée and 1 in Auvergne). It employs 2,600 people and had sales of €701 million in 2022.

Commitment

People and Nature

Yannick has chosen to support 2 associations: LA HALTE DU CŒUR, which provides food aid to the underprivileged, and ECHO-MER, which works to protect the seas and coastal environment. "I participate occasionally in some of their actions, but I'm happy to be able to give them visibility on the boat and at the start of the races. Thank you to all the volunteers who help out on a daily basis."