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 […]


20 March 2024

The Fortinet – Best Western team is delighted to welcome Laurie Phaï as Project Assistant. Originally from Montpellier, and after living in various regions, she (finally!) moved to Brittany this year. A lawyer by training, Laurie is also a former top-level table tennis player, having represented France at international competitions. She put an end to […]

Meet the team : Cantin Roger

Cantin Roger, our multi-talented composite supervisor. Meet Cantin, composite specialist and boat preparer of the IMOCA Fortinet – Best Western, but also a great variety singer. You should hear him sing his favorite song, Comme D’habitude by Claude François: emotions guaranteed. A competitor at heart, Cantin began his career in light sailing. He is a […]

Meet the team : Adrien Bernard

5 March 2024

Adrien Bernard, our boat captain who won the Vendée Globe! Today I’d like to introduce you to the technical director of the IMOCA Fortinet – Best Western, a new recruit who joined the team last January. Born in the Bordeaux region, Adrien started out in the Arcachon basin, where he became a sailing instructor before […]


4 March 2024

I’m delighted to announce that Sandra Pellen is returning to the Sixième Océan partner club! A self-employed lawyer, Sandra has been with me since my first Vendée Globe in 2016. Last year, Sandra underwent surgery for a herniated disc, which put her commitment to the IMOCA Fortinet – Best Western project on hold. However, I […]