Yannick Bestaven

At 46 years old, Yannick Bestaven is an experienced figure of the offshore race. As soon as he finished his engineering studies, Yannick became interested in competition and more particularly in ocean racing.

As a talented and passionate sailor, he built his career between his passion for offshore racing and his company WATT&SEA.


Challenges are a driving force of his career as a professional skipper!

Yannick is obviously attracted to sporting challenges, but he also finds a lot of energy in the technological challenges.For example, he replaced diesel oil in his boat to improve his performance for the Vendée Globe 2008. He co-developed a hydro-generator. Powerful, light and reliable, this energy source is a real revolution.

His co-skipper : Roland Jourdain Discover
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Sailing Highlights

2019: 2nd Bermuda 1000 Race - Solo - IMOCA category

2019: 2nd Grand Prix Guyader - Crew

2018: Route du Rhum- Abandon on damage - Solo - IMOCA category

2017: 5th in the Jacques Vabre- Double with Kito de Pavant- IMOCA category

2015: 1st in the Transat Jacques Vabre- Double with Pierre Brasseur - CLASS40 category

2015: 1st Les Sables - Horta–Les Sables- Double with Pierre Brasseur - CLASS40 class

2014: 7th of the Route du Rhum- Solo - (arrived 4th) -  CLASS40 category

2013: 4th in the Transat Jacques Vabre- Double with Aurélien Ducroz - CLASS40 category

2012: 3rd in the Normandy Channel Race- Double with Julien Pulvé - category CLASS40

2012: 4th in the Transat La Solidaire du Chocolat: Nantes - Saint-Nazaire/ Progreso Mexico- Double with Éric Drouglazet - CLASS40 category

2011: 1st in the Transat Jacques Vabre- Double with Eric Drouglazet - CLASS40 category

2011: 2nd Les Sables – Horta – Les Sables- Double with Christophe Bouvet - CLASS40 category

2008: 2nd in the Transat Québec - St-Malo

2008: Vendée Globe - Solo - IMOCA Withdrawal

2001: Winner of the Mini-transat - winner of the two solo stages - category MINI 6.50