Jean Le Cam

An early champion, Jean combed the regattas in the Bay of Concarneau, as much on centreboarders as on the family Armagnac, Mervent, which left all the offshore racers of the time with unforgettable memories. Crewman, then co-skipper and friend of Eric Tabarly, from 1982 he built an exceptional career as a top-level sailor, as much on monohulls as on multihulls.

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56 years old - Port La Forêt - FRANCE

An early champion, Jean combed the regattas in the Bay of Concarneau, as much on centreboarders as on the family Armagnac, Mervent, which left all the offshore racers of the time with unforgettable memories. Crewman, then co-skipper and friend of Eric Tabarly, from 1982 he built an exceptional career as a top-level sailor, as much on monohulls as on multihulls. His record of achievements speaks volumes: Atlantic record in 1982, World Formula 40 Champion in 1988 and 1989, winner of the Transat AG2R in 1994, three times winner of the Solitaire du Figaro in 1994, 1996 and 1999, winner of the 1,000 miles of Calais in 2004, etc. Referred to as “King Jean”, he is an important figure of the “Valley of madmen” (as Olivier de Kersauson names Port-la-Foret).

“A King without entertainment is a man full of misery!” claimed Blaise Pascal in his Pensees. His Majesty’s cheeky humour and witty remarks have always galvanized the crowds. During his reign “King Jean” surmounted many tests, encountered many hazards on his way (capsising during the 2008 Vendee Globe and during the Transat Jacques Vabre, dismasting during the Barcelona World Race 2010). So, by announcing his participation in the Vendee Globe 2012, His Highness will leave the Valley of madmen’s keep and happily come back to the bounds of his territory, the infinite spaces of his kingdom, determined to take up the challenge with the twenty or so sea princes striving to win his crown.

 

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Prizes

1982
  • Atlantic Record (P. Morvan)
1984
  • Discover Road – Winner
1988-1989
  • World Champion Formule 40
1991
  • Europa Race – Winner (L. Bourgignon)
1993
  • French Solo Offshore championship – Winner
1994
  • Solitaire du Figaro – Winner
  • Transat AG2R – Winner (R. Jourdain)
  • French Solo Offshore championship – Winner
1995
  • French Solo Offshore championship – Winner
1996
  • Solitaire du Figaro – Winner
  • Transat AG2R – Winner (F. Arthaud)
1999
  • Triple winner of the Solitaire du Figaro
  • Solo Mediterranean – Winner
2001
  • Transat Jacques Vabre – 4th
  • Grand Prix d’Italie en equipage – Winner
  • Solitaire du Figaro – Winner (Multi)
2002
  • Route des Phares – 2nd (Trimaran 60)
2003
  • Challenge Mondial Assistance – 3rd (Trimaran 60)
2004
  • 1000 Milles de Calais – Winner
2005
  • Vendée Globe – 2nd
  • Transat Jacques Vabre – 3rd
2006
  • Champion du monde IMOCA et FICO
  • Route du Rhum – 2nd
2007
  • Calais Round Britain Race – 3rd
2008
  • Transat AG2R – 4th
2009
  • Vendée Globe – Retired
2010
  • Transat AG2R– 6th (N. Lunven)
  • Barcelona World Race – Retired
2012
  • Vendée Globe – 5th
2013
  • Transat Jacques Vabre – Winner (V. Riou)
  • Rolex Fastnet Race – 5th (V. Riou)
2015
  • Champion du Monde IMOCA
  • Barcelona World Race – Winner (B. Stamm)
Jean Le Cam

Monocoque IMOCA

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It was aboard this boat built at home at the CDK yard that Michel Desjoyeaux overwhelmed his rivals in 2008/2009 when he achieved his second majestic win in the Vendée Globe… even though he set off again from Les Sables d’Olonne behind the others after a technical problem. But it was also on this boat that Jean Le Cam and Bernard Stamm won the last Barcelona World Race. In short, even if she is not brand new, she knows her way around the world and she has had some great successes. On top of that, we can always rely on Jean to fine tune her. The King loves making boats go that much faster.

Technical Sheet

Boat

Technical Sheet

Boat's previous names : Foncia, Mare, Mapfre, Maître Coq, Cheminées Poujoulat
Designer : Farr Yacht Design
Boat Builder : CDK Technologies
Launch Date : 01 janvier 2007
Length : 18,28 m
Beam : 5,90 m
Draught : 4,5 m
Displacement (weight) : 8 t
Mast heigh : 28 m
Upwind sail area : 300 m2
Downwind sail area : 620 m2

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Jean-Marc Le Guen Agence Demi-sel