Armel Le Cléac'h

Armel Le Cléac'h is a French professional sailor and skipper.


He was the IMOCA World Champion in 2008 and the France Champion in solo offshore racing in 2003, he also has won the Solitaire du Figaro twice (2003 and 2010) as well as the Transat AG2R in 2004 and 2010 and the English Transat in 2016. He is the first sailor to finish the Vendée Globe three time as a medal-winner  : twice second in the 2008-2009 and 2012-2013 editions, he won the eighth edition in 2016-2017 where he improved the record in 74 days, three hours, 35 minutes, 46 seconds.

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Sailing Highlights

Winner of the 2016 Défi Azimut with Banque Populaire

2017: 2017 IMOCA World Champion
2016-2017: Winner of the Vendée Globe
2016:
Défi Azimut, 1st
The Transat, 1st
2015: Transat Jacques Vabre, 2nd
2011: Transat Jacques Vabre, 3rd
2010:
Route du Rhum, 2nd
Solitaire du Figaro, 1st
Transat AG2R, 1st
2003: Solitaire du Figaro, 1st
2000: Solitaire du Figaro, 2nd


Records in solo: Méditerranée in 2013 (18 hours 58 minutes 13 seconds), Route de la Découverte (6 days 23 hours 42 minutes 18 seconds) and 24 hours (682 miles) in 2014 on the trimaran Banque Populaire VII (beaten on June 9, 2016 by Thomas Coville on Sodebo Ultim' with 714 miles)