Kito De Pavant


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55 years old - Montferrier Sur Lez - FRANCE

His kid sister just could not pronounce “Christophe” properly so his name became Kito and it remained for the rest of his life. And what a life! Kito is an adventurous jack of all trades who discovered the joy of sailing on a Dordogne lake with a wooden optimist dinghy built by his father. At the age of 17, his “salty” passion for regatta grew even stronger when his family moved to Port Camargue. He became France’s National Mini-Tonner Champion and, two years later, sailed across the Atlantic for the first time on the family ketch «Rackam le rouge». After exploring Martinique equipped with a sextant only, he went on with his discovery of wild areas by sailing on Lake Tanganyika.

His adventurer’s soul then took him to the West Indies, the Indian Ocean, the Pacific Ocean, the Red Sea, the China Sea…

In between trips, Kito owns the Espiguinguette, a piece of heaven located on a spit of sand in Camargue. In 1999, supported by his family and encouraged by Denis Horeau – who was the Fishing Ports Challenge manager back then – he started competing in the Figaro class. In 2002, this talented Mediterranean guy won the Solitaire and emerged from the shadows. Bernard Gallay and Jean Le Cam offered him to compete with them in transatlantic events in tandem on 60-foot race yachts. In 2005, Bel decided to work with this charming competitor and, after two successful seasons on the Figaro class, started the construction of the Goupe Bel 60-foot monohull. Since 2007, the skipper and his Laughing Cow (Vache qui rit® in French) have covered 100,000 miles, the equivalent of four circumnavigations, either for competition or to meet Bel employees on the five continents.

8,500 of them left their fingerprints on the boat’s mast as a token of encouragement. Thanks to Bel, the Vendée Globe is already shining around the world!

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  • 5 Solitaire du Figaro
  • 2 Transat Jacques Vabre
  • Solitaire du Figaro – Winner
  • Tour de France à la Voile – Winner
  • Solitaire du Figaro – 3rd
  • Transat Jacques Vabre – 3rd
  • Transat AG2R – Winner
  • Solo Mediterannée – Winner
  • Vakko Odysée Cannes-Istanbul – 2nd
  • Transat B to B – 2nd
  • Transat Jacques Vabre – 6th (S. Col)
  • Tour de France à la Voile – 2nd
  • Vendée Globe – Retired
  • 1000 Milles Britanny Ferries – Winner
  • Transat Jacques Vabre – 2nd (F. Gabart)
  • Istanbul Europa Race – 2nd
  • Route du Rhum – Retired
  • Solitaire du Figaro – 9th
  • Transat Jacques Vabre – 5th (Y. Régniau)
  • Barcelona World Race – Retired (S. Audigane)
  • Vendée Globe – Retired
  • Transat Jacques Vabre – 2nd (Multi50)
  • GD Prix Guyader – Winner
  • Record Marseille-Carthage – 17,15 noeuds (VM)
  • Fastnet Race – 4th
  • Gd Prix de Prince de Bretagne – 4th (Multi50)
  • Gd Prix de Fécamp – 3rd (Multi50)
  • Route du Rhum – 3rd (Class40)
  • Transat AG2R – 12th (Figaro)
  • Transat Jacques Vabre – Retired
Kito De Pavant

Monocoque IMOCA

IMOCA60 Bastide-Otio

The second generation VPLP-Verdier designed boat launched in 2010 has had a lot of success as it was on her that Jean-Pierre Dick won the Transat Jacques Vabre and the Barcelona World Race in 2011. A fine boat… and Kito understands her as his previous Groupe Bel was the sistership to Safran… in other words one of the two precursors in the collaboration between the VPLP team and Guillaume Verdier.

Technical Sheet


Technical Sheet

Boat's previous names : Virbac-Paprec 3, Hugo Boss
Designer : VPLP-Verdier
Boat Builder : Cookson Boats (Nouvelle Zélande)
Launch date : 06 may 2010
Length : 18,28 m
Beam : 5,70 m
Draught : 4,50 m
Displacement (weight) : 7,8 tonnes
Mast heigh : 29 m
Upwind sail area : 300 m2
Downwind sail area : 590 m2



Cécile Gutierrez