PORTRAIT – The winner of the last Vendée Globe will return to competition in the Transat Jacques Vabre, his mind already turned towards 2024. Like his podium companions, Charlie Dalin and Louis Burton.
“If we embark on a new boat project, I will leave.” After his triumph in the Vendée Globe at the start of the year, Yannick Bestaven quickly set the conditions for participation in 2024. “Do the same thing again, I don’t see much point in it”, he explained to Figaro, by leaving time for reflection.
Since then, the sailor and his sponsor, Maître CoQ, have clapped hands to launch the construction of a new monohull for the next round-the-world trip. Enough to keep the flame of the one who presents himself as much as an engineer as a skipper and to satisfy the passion for the development of this “Bulldozer full of ideas and projects”, as he is portrayed in his team.
After having done “The architects’ tour” and participated in discussions “Exciting” on the future of Imoca, the choice of Bestaven and his offshore racing team (YB Sailing) fell on Guillaume Verdier, who had already designed (with VPLP) the current Master CoQ. “We have known each other since