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The Vendée Globe and its legendary skippers

Known on an international scale as the “life challenge” for a skipper, it attracts true adventurers looking to put themselves to the test. A story of heroes since 1989, after the very first round the world race. The Vendée Globe has a captivating on-going history …  

Arrivée de François Gabart au Vendée Globe 2013

A story of heroes since 1989

The Vendée Globe has forged its legend and the glory of its champions following each edition. 

The skippers and winners of previous editions and race their times

2020-2021: Yannick BESTAVEN (FRA, Maître CoQ IV): 80 days 3h 44 min and 46 sec.
2016-2017: Armel LE CLEAC’H (FRA, Banque populaire): 74 days 3h 35min and 46sec. 
2012-2013: François GABART (FRA, Macif): 78 days 2h 16min and 40sec. 
2008-2009: Michel DESJOYEAUX (FRA, Foncia), 84 days 3h 9min. 
2004-2005: Vincent RIOU (FRA, PRB): 87 days 10h 47min. 
2000-2001: Michel DESJOYEAUX (FRA, PRB): 93 days 3h 57min 32sec. 
1996-1997: Christophe AUGUIN (FRA, Geodis): 105 days 20h 31min. 
1992-1993: Alain GAUTIER (FRA, Bagages Superior): 110 days 2h 22min 35sec. 
1989-1990: Titouan LAMAZOU (FRA, Ecureuil d'Aquitaine II): 109 days 8h 48min 50sec. 

A focus on Armel Le CLEACH, winner of the Vendée Globe 2016-2017 

By winning the 8th edition of the Vendée Globe, Armel LE CLEAC’H, 42, holds the record for the event.  He completed the race in a time of 74 days and 3 hours aboard the Banque Populaire monohull. He currently holds the record for completing the course in the shortest time and attaining the podium three times.