Michel Desjoyaux

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Frenchman Michel Desjoyeaux is the only sailor in history to have won the Vendée Globe twice and he is also the most successful ocean sailor with the most wins in solo and double-handed racing, meaning that he is a walking legend in ocean racing around the world.

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51 years old - Port La Forêt - FRANCE

Frenchman Michel Desjoyeaux is the only sailor in history to have won the Vendée Globe twice and he is also the most successful ocean sailor with the most wins in solo and double-handed racing, meaning that he is a walking legend in ocean racing around the world. Among his most distinguished wins are a victory in the TwoStar of 1990, as half of a two-man crew with Jean Maurel on a Trimaran; the Transat AG2R in the Figaro class in 1992, with Jacques Caraës; the Trophée des Multicoques with Fujicolor, in 1993; the Vendée Globe 2001/02; the 2002 Route du Rhum and the The Transat 2004 with Trimaran Géant.

Between 2007 and 2009, with the IMOCA Open 60 Foncia, Desjoyeaux built the most spectacular record in ocean racing: winning the 2007 Transat Jaques Vabre, the Vendée Globe 2008/09 and the Istanbul Europa Race 2009.

 

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Prizes

1990
  • Twostar – Winner (J. Maurel)
  • Solitaire du Figaro – 4th / 1st Rookie
1991
  • Solitaire du Figaro – 2nd
1992
  • Solitaire du Figaro – Winner
  • Transat AG2R – Winner (J. Caraës)
1994
  • Multihull trophy – Winner
1996
  • Solitaire du Figaro – 2nd
1998
  • Soltiaire du Figaro – Winner
  • Transat AG2R – 4th (R. Jourdain)
2001
  • Vendée Globe – Winner
2002
  • Route du Rhum – Winner (ORMA)
2003
  • Championnat ORMA – 2nd
  • Transat Jacques Vabre – 4th (H. Jan)
2004
  • The Transat – Winner
  • Championnat ORMA – 2nd
2005
  • Solitaire du Figaro – 2nd
  • Transat Jacques Vabre – 3rd (H. Destremau)
2006
  • Route du Rhum – 4th
  • Multicup 60 – 2nd
2007
  • Transat Jacques Vabre – Winner (E. Le Borgne)
  • Transat Ecover B to B – 3rd
2009
  • Solitaire du Figaro – 5th
  • Bol d’Or Mirabaud – Winner (D35)
  • Istanbul Europa Race – Winner
  • Transat Jacques Vabre – 4th (J. Beyou)
  • Vendée Globe – Winner
2010
  • Barcelona World Race – Retired (F. Gabart)
  • Route du Rhum – 6th
2011
  • Vulcain Trophy – Winner (D35)
2012
  • Krys Ocean Race – 3rd (MOD70)
  • MOD70 European Tour – Winner
2013
  • Transat Jacques Vabre – Retired
  • Rolex Fastnet Race – Winner
  • Artemis Challenge – Winner
  • Solitaire du Figaro – 7th
2015
  • Transat Jacques Vabre – Retired
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