2 May 2024

Do you see nerve as a quality or a flaw? For me, nerve is a quality, especially as you need a certain amount of it to set up a Vendée Globe project. “Forget that you haven’t got a chance, just go for it. You never know when a misunderstanding might come up”, a mythical phrase […]

Meet the team : Valentin Walle

30 April 2024

Valentin Walle, from all-rounder to master electrologist on the IMOCA Fortinet – Best Western. If you come across one of our preparers with a headlamp on, chances are it’s Valentin. He never takes it off, even during his lunch break. Valentin is one of those people who can do everything with his hands. As proof, […]


22 April 2024

What’s special about my partner club? Many of them are based in the beautiful region of Maine et Loire. Yesterday, I set out to meet my partners in Anjou, in particular the ICI group, specialists in image, communication and printing. In the digital age, their company continues to innovate and deploy new printing solutions – […]


12 April 2024

The IMOCA Fortinet – Best Western has come to the end of her refit, and was relaunched yesterday after four months of work, checks and optimizations. The launch is always a special moment, with many delicate maneuvers: installing the foils, lifting the boat, fitting the keel, launching and masting. Fortunately, everything went off without a […]

Winter refit, the end!

9 April 2024

With just a few days to go before the launch, I wanted to highlight the incredible work carried out by my entire team to repair, make reliable, polish and pamper my boat Behind a winter boatyard lie many hours of work, in the dust or contorted in funny positions, countless screws, plugged and unplugged cables, […]

Meet the team: Laure Lunven

Laure Lunven, the project’s press officer, and a key figure in the world of sailing. Imagine, she was roommates with François Gabart… before he became François Gabart! She literally knows everyone in the business. And with good reason: Laure has been sailing since she was 8 years old, starting out in an optimist, then a […]

Meet the team : Evan Panard

28 March 2024

Evan Panard! Our rigging manager, the king of strings, who’s been at my side since I took over the IMOCA Fortinet – Best Western. One of the pillars of the team, he’s so precise and meticulous that we easily forget he’s only 24 years old…. Yes, he’s the youngest of the bunch! Several months ago, […]

And a third!

26 March 2024

Sunday March 24 saw the first edition of the Vannes Urban Trail.A race format that allows you to explore the city’s most emblematic locations to the rhythm of events and surprises organized along the way! I took the start of the longest distance, the 13 km, alongside almost 1,300 other runners.We passed the Tourist Office, […]


21 March 2024

On Tuesday March 19, we welcomed guests from my partner Best Western France for a tour of the IMOCA Fortinet – Best Western shipyard! It was a fun-filled day, which even ended under the Breton sun ☀️ It’s always a pleasure to show people what goes on behind the scenes, to answer questions and see […]