Louis Burton

Bureau Vallée

Louis Burton may be young but his experience as both a skipper and an entrepreneur make it easy for him to get organized, deal with tight schedules and clock up miles and miles.

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30 years old - Saint Malo - FRANCE

Louis Burton appeared in the world of offshore racing out of the blue. This young Parisian businessman learned the ropes outside the sailing circles and there will always something so Parisian about Burton who, depending on when you see him, may look like a hipster or a dandy to you. But make no mistake, his nonchalance and elegance are only there to hide his out-and-out pugnacity.

During the 2010 Route du Rhum, Louis was injured after a collision with a trawler in mid-Atlantic yet he continued the race at the helm of his Class 40 yacht. It was his first transatlantic race, as well as his sponsor’s, Bureau Vallée, already supporting him back then. Obviously the experience did not make Louis Burton’s dream of adventure on the oceans any less strong. Quite the opposite, it made him want to take things even further and achieve greater performances. That is why he joined the IMOCA Class, sailing on Jérémie Beyou’s former Delta Dore with no other goal than the 2012 Vendee Globe in mind. He started with the 2011 Transat Jacques Vabre with his brother Nelson. It was a tough race and while the heavyweights of the class were forced to retire, the Burtons hold on tight and were even part of the race’s top three for a few days. At the end of the Transat B to B, the skipper returned to Europe, qualified for the Vendée Globe and started training. Following Michel Desjoyeaux’s advice saying that “a race is first won on dry land”, the youngest skipper of this 7th edition was smart enough to surround himself with a small and united team. Louis Burton may be young but his experience as both a skipper and an entrepreneur make it easy for him to get organized, deal with tight schedules and clock up miles and miles.

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Prizes

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  • 5 participations in the Spi Ouest France – Best ranking: 8th
  • 5 participations in the Obelix Trophy – Best ranking: 4th
  • 5 participations in the Atlantic Trophy – Best ranking: 2nd
2010
  • Route du Rhum – 20th (Class40)
  • Course des Antipodes – Winner (Class40)
2011
  • Transat Jacques Vabre – 7th
  • Transat B to B – 7th
2012
  • Vendée Globe – Retired
2013
  • Transat Jacques Vabre – 5th
2014
  • Route du Rhum – 5th
2015
  • Transat Jacques Vabre – 9th (R. Attanasio)
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Monocoque IMOCA

Monocoque IMOCA Bureau Vallée

On 6th November 2016, when the start takes place of the eighth Vendée Globe, Louis Burton will have been sailing aboard the same IMOCA for five years. Few skippers know their boat so well. A Farr design launched in 2006, Bureau Vallée is none other than the former Delta Dore, a Farr-designed boat aboard which Jérémie Beyou set sail in the 2008-2009 Vendée Globe (forced to retire after dismasting) After the 2014 Route du Rhum,the boat went into the yard to lose some weight and the deck hardware was replaced and tuned. Between now and the Vendée Globe, Louis plans some other major changes to improve the performance of his monohull.

Technical Sheet

Boat

Technical Sheet

Boat's previous names : Delta Dore
Designer : Farr Yacht Design
Boat Builder : JMV Industries
Launch date : 01 september 2006
Length : 18,28 m
Beam : 5,85 m
Draught : 4,50 m
Displacement (weight) : 9,3 tonnes
Mast high : 28 m
Upwind sail area : 300 m²
Downwind sail area : 600 m²