Jérémie Beyou

Maître Coq

Now a two-time winner of the Solitaire du Figaro, he also won the Transat Jacques Vabre alongside Jean-Pierre Dick on Virbrac-Paprec 3. If he could not finish the Vendee Globe 2012, he will be present in 2016.

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39 ans, LARMOR-PLAGE, FRANCE

A pure product of the Bay of Morlaix, Jeremie Beyou wore out his foul weather gear with the family on Optimists from a tender age. Trained at the Pole France sailing centre in Brest, by the age of 18, he was already up with the winners of the French Espoir Dinghy Championship. In 1995, he discovered the Beneteau Figaro and at the age of 20, he took part in his first Solitaire du Figaro. In 1998, he reached the Top Ten of the French Single-handed Offshore Racing Championship, which he won twice in 2002 and 2005. He outclassed all his contenders on the Figaro Beneteau circuit in 1995, completing an unprecedented Grand Slam: Generali Solo, Route du Ponant and Solitaire du Figaro where he snatched victory from Michel Desjoyeaux at the end of the final legendary leg.

His demanding nature and his acute sense of perfectionism pushed him to surpass himself, and it was only logical that Jérémie would want to show his talent in other races. Among other events, he competed in two Transat Jacques Vabre (4th place in 2003 on PRB with Vincent Riou and 4th place in 2009 on Foncia with Michel Desjoyeaux) and in 2006, he convinced his sponsor to back him in the Vendee Globe. His first attempt single-handed round the world ended with him retiring off the coast of Brazil. Since this frustrating experience, Jeremie has continued to show his versatility and ability to evolve constantly at the highest level. The year 2011 on his monohull was exceptional. Now a two-time winner of the Solitaire du Figaro, he also won the Transat Jacques Vabre alongside Jean-Pierre Dick on Virbrac-Paprec 3. If he could not finish the Vendee Globe 2012, he will be present in 2016.

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Maître CoQ

Prizes

2001
  • La Solitaire du Figaro – 4th
2003
  • Transat Jacques Vabre – 4th (V. Riou)
2004
  • La Solitaire du Figaro – 4th
  • Transat AG2R – 6th (K. De Pavant)
2005
  • La Solitaire du Figaro – Winner
2009
  • Transat Jacques Vabre – 4th (M. Desjoyeaux)
2011
  • Transat Jacques Vabre – Winner (JP. Dick)
2012
  • Krys Ocean Race – 3rd (M. Desjoyeaux) MOD70 Foncia
2013
  • Vendée Globe – Retired
  • Transat Jacques Vabre – 3rd
  • Rolex Fastnet race – 2nd
  • Solitaire du Figaro – 5th
2014
  • Route du Rhum – 2nd
  • La Solitaire du Figaro – Winner
2015
  • Transat Jacques Vabre – Retired
Jérémie Beyou

Monocoque IMOCA

IMOCA60 Maitre CoQ

Just missing out on victory by a few hours – that is what separated François Gabart from Armel Le Cléac’h at the finish in les Sables d’Olonne in 2013 – the boat came in second, which is not that bad. The fifth boat designed by VPLP-Verdier, she is from the last but one generation and remains very competitive. And we know that Jérémie Beyou excels in fine-tuning his boats. He will have what it takes to make it to the podium. Particularly, as with his team, Jérémie Beyou has decided to fit Maître Coq with foils, allowing the boat to be lifted up when sailing downwind. This should enhance her performance. In early 2016, work was underway to make this change.

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Technical Sheet

Boat's previous names : Foncia, Banque Populaire
Designer : VPLP-Verdier
Boat Builder : CDK – JMV – Green Marine
Launch Date : 20 september 2010
Lenght : 18,28 m
Beam : 5,90 m
Draught : 4,50 m
Displacement (weight) : 7,8 t
Mast heigh : 29 m
Keel blade : Acier
Upwind sail area : 300 m²
Downwind sail area : 660 m²

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