Manuel Cousin

Naturally affable, at first glance Manuel Cousin has the profile of a passionate sailor. However, there’s much more to this 52-year-old Norman, based in Les Sables d'Olonne, his boat’s home port. For him, there is competition at every level of the ranking.

With a qualitative technical background after having spent twenty years in the automotive industry, Manuel Cousin, passionate about sailing since his early childhood, chose to convert late to realize his dream, that of becoming a professional sailor. Initially launched in Class40, he draws a very positive assessment of these first years with Groupe SETIN, participation in flagship races such as the Transat Jacques Vabre or the Québec Saint - Malo which allow him to evolve since 2017 in IMOCA. His first two seasons on the IMOCA Groupe SETIN are a reflection of his temperament.

The only IMOCA class skipper to have raced and finished all the races on the calendar for the last two years, he is working hard to be confident in the future, while giving a more sporting tempo to his participations in order to get his ticket for the Vendée Globe. 

He starts the mythical round-the-world race on November 8, 2020 with the goal of finishing. Determined above all else, the skipper of Groupe SÉTIN will have, throughout the race, shouted loud and clear his determination and persistence in every difficulty encountered.

His co-skipper : Alexia Barrier Discover

Sailing Highlights

2020-21 : Vendée Globe - 23ème (103j 18h 15min 40s) 

2020 : Vendée-Arctique-Les Sables d'Olonne - 15th

2019 : Transat Jacques Vabre - 22th
Défi Azimut - 18th
Rolex Fastnet Race - 11th
Bermuda 1000 Race - 12th
2018: Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe - 14th
Monaco Globe Series - 6th
Bermuda 1000 Race - 4th
2017: Transat Jacques Vabre - 11th
Rolex Fastnet Race - 14th IMOCA
2016: Quebec Saint-Malo - 14th Class 40
2015: Transat Jacques Vabre - 7th Class 40