Stéphane Le Diraison

Energies Marines Renouvelables

Stéphane Le Diraison’s career as an ocean racer took off when he moved to Paris. Something of a paradox for this pure Breton, originally from Hennebont (Morbihan), who began to sail before he could walk.

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39 years old - Lorient - FRANCE

Stéphane Le Diraison’s career as an ocean racer took off when he moved to Paris. Something of a paradox for this pure Breton, originally from Hennebont (Morbihan), who began to sail before he could walk. Just a few months old, he used to go aboard the family’s boat every weekend and the sea was a natural part of his environment. It’s not surprising that he began solo sailing at a very young age at around 15. Before he moved into the sixth form, he had renovated an old 6m boat that had been abandoned on the mud flats and started delivery trips aboard her. Spain, Portugal, the Canaries, the Balearics: Stéphane clocked up the miles and experience on various types of boat, sailing solo.

At the same time, he raced with a crew, in particular in Class 8. In Lorient, his neighbours on the pontoon were Alain Gautier, the winner of the 92-93 Vendée Globe and Jean-Luc Van Den Heede. He began to look forward to taking part one day in the Vendée Globe. Stéphane Le Diraison would do anything to get there always applying rigour and method, as you would expect from an engineer. Gradually he moved up taking it one step at a time. He started with the Mini Transat in a series boat in 2007, finishing in second place. Two years later, he was back in the race again, but this time on a prototype (4th place).

Stéphane knew where he wanted to go and nothing would stop him. After moving to Paris, he got the support of Bureau Veritas, which is also his employer, and of his new home town, Boulogne-Billancourt. Competing in the Class 40 circuit after 2010, he soon got good results, including a win in the Les Sables-Horta-Les Sables in 2011. His 2014 Route du Rhum showed his total commitment. After ripping his solent early in the race, he climbed back up through the fleet to finish in 4th place in Guadeloupe.

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Energies Marines Renouvelables

Prizes

2007
  • Mini Transat – 2nd (Série)
2008
  • Select 6.50 – Winner
2009

Season in Mini 6.50

  • Mini Transat – 4th (Prototype)
  • Fasnet 6.50 – Winner
  • Trophée MAP – Winner
  • Chrono 6.50 – Winner
2011
  • Les Sables – Horta – Les Sables – Winner (Class40)
  • Trophée SNSM (Class40)
2012
  • Transat Solidaire du Chocolat – 2nd (Class40)
2013
  • Grand Prix Guyader – Winner (Class40)
2014
  • Route du Rhum – 4th (Class40)
  • Armen Race – 2nd (Class40)
Stéphane Le Diraison

Monocoque IMOCA

IMOCA50 Energies Marines Renouvelables

The most recent IMOCA designed by Finot-Conq was designed for Alex Thomson. She is practically the sistership to Armel Le Cléac’h former Brit’Air (which became Bertrand de Broc’s MACSF), 2nd in the 2008-2009 Vendée Globe. Wide and powerful, Stéphane Le Diraison’s boat has shown what she can do, in particular by becoming the first IMOCA to have covered more than 500 miles in 24 hours in the 2007-2008 Barcelona World Race. Stéphane Le Diraison intends to become the first skipper to complete the Vendée Globe on her, after the two failed attempts by Alex Thomson (in 2008-2009) and Zbigniew Gutkowski (in 2012-2013).

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Boat

Technical Sheet

Boat's previous names : Hugo Boss, Energa
Designer : Finot-Conq Design
Boat Builder : Neville Hutton
Launch date : 01 january 2007
Lenght : 18,28 m
Beam : 5,94 m
Draught : 4,50 m
Displacement (weight) : 8,5 tonnes
Mast high : 28 m
Upwind sail area : 300 m²
Downwind sail area : 550 m²

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