Alex Pella

Nationality : Spanish

Age : 43 (born in Barcelona on 2nd November 1972)

Alex Pella has a long list of successes on his CV. A solid sailor and skilled at preparing boats, the Catalan has raced on all sorts of boats with one or more hulls. He began his career on a Mini 6.50 (2nd in the Transatlantic race) before winning the Route du Rhum on a Class40. He has also sailed a lot on bigger boats, in particular in the Barcelona World Race, in which he finished fourth in 2011.

What Francis Joyon says about Alex Pella

“Alex was on watch with Bernard (Stamm) and they got on like a house on fire. You just have to watch the funny videos they did together to see that… Alex has a huge experience of sailing on all sorts of boats, in particular on 60-foot IMOCAs (the Vendée Globe boats). He is bringing us his wealth of experience from solo, double-handed and crewed racing. As there aren’t many of us, we don’t have defined roles on board and everyone needs to know how to do everything! Alex is a very good trimmer, helmsman, but is also good when carrying out manoeuvres on the bow…. In fact, I’m wondering what he isn’t good at!”


– 2017: Jules Verne Trophy in 40 days, 23 hours and 30 minutes
– Jules Verne Trophy on IDEC SPORT in 2015-2016
– Winner of the Route du Rhum
in 2014 (Class40)
– 2nd in the Transat Jacques Vabre in 2013 (Class40)
– Took part in the Route des Princes (Round Europe race) in 2013 aboard Lionel Lemonchois’s maxi-trimaran Prince de Bretagne 80
– 4th in the 2010-2011 Barcelona World Race (IMOCA)
– New York-Barcelona record in 12 days, 6 hours and 48 seconds in 2010 (IMOCA)
– 5th in the Transat Jacques Vabre in 2009 (IMOCA)
– Three goes at the Mini Transat (3rd in 2003, 2nd in 2005, retired in 2007)

Gwénolé Gahinet

Nationality : French

Age : 32 (born in Vannes on 1st January 1984)

Son of the late Gilles Gahinet,a legendary sailor, “Gwéno” is also an engineer in boat design and worked a lot with the VPLP design team that came up with IDEC SPORT. He is above all an excellent navigator, who achieved several major victories on a Mini 6.50 and in the Figaro class before tackling the round the world adventure.

What Francis Joyon says about Gwénolé Gahinet

“Gwéno is someone, who is appreciated by all the crews he has sailed with. He was maybe lacking in experience in comparison to the older guys, who accompanied him during the last round the world attempt, but now he knows the score as well as the rest of us. He spent a long time at the helm last year, carried out a lot of manoeuvres and trimming… He is another of those all-rounders, whom you can always count on.”


– 2017: Jules Verne Trophy in 40 days, 23 hours and 30 minutes
– Jules Verne Trophy on IDEC SPORT in 2015-2016
– 5th in the Solitaire du Figaro in 2015
– Winner of the Transat AG2R in 2014 (with Paul Meilhat)
– 1st rookie in the Solitaire du Figaro in 2014
– Winner of the Mini Transat
in 2011 (series boats)
– Three attempts at the Tour de France sailing race (in 2006, 2007 and 2008)

Clément Surtel

Nationality : French

Age : 37 (born in Nantes on 14th November 1978)

Fascinated by multihulls, Clément has a huge experience of giant trimarans. He was in charge of preparing the boat, when she was in the hands of Franck Cammas. Before going aboard IDEC last year for the round the world attempt, he was a member of the shore team for two Jules Verne Trophies in 2005 and 2010. Fascinated by these multihulls and speed and interested in how to develop their potential, Clément will be setting off around the world again on a boat he knows like the back of his hand.

What Francis Joyon says about Clément Surtel

“With Corentin (Joyon, his son) and me, Clément takes care of the boat throughout the year, and he did that before for the previous skippers. So, he is the one, who know the equipment best of all. Whenever there is a technical question, a risk of wear and tear or a part that looks like breaking, he is able to answer all our questions. He is a key figure, as he has known the boat for years. He’s a nice chap, who gets on with everyone, who has a great character. He loves trimming, carrying out manoeuvres and being at the helm. He has a wide range of talents, is a good all-rounder, but also an experience of solo sailing…”


– 2017: Jules Verne Trophy in 40 days, 23 hours and 30 minutes
– Jules Verne Trophy on IDEC SPORT in 2015-2016
– Boat captain on Yann Eliès’s MOD70
for the 2014 Route du Rhum
– Prepared the maxi trimaran Groupama 3 (now IDEC SPORT) from 2007 to 2010
– North Atlantic crossing and 24-hour records on Orange 2 in 2006
– Prepared Orange 2 for the Jules Verne Trophy in 2005
– Skipper of Eric Tabarly’s Pen Duick VI in 2003
– Took part in the 2002 Route du Rhum aboard a 50-foot monohull
– Mini 6.50 circuit in 2001
– Prepared Bob Escoffier’s 50-foot boat for the 2001 Transat Jacques Vabre
– Took part in the 2000 Quebec-St Malo
– Prepared Franck-Yves Escoffier’s 50-foot trimaran for the 1998 Route du Rhum

Sébastien Audigane

Nationality : French

Age : 49 (born in Brest on 9th March 1968)

Sébastien Audigane does not leave people feeling indifferent about him. The sailor built like a rugby player stands out in terms of his size? Secondly, there is the kindness coming from such a physique that surprises. Big Seb is a discreet yet efficient and measured sailor. The model crewman. For more than fifteen years, he has been indispensable  wherever he lays his hat, from Dragon racing to the Figaro class, meaning that he is always on the short list when teams are establishing their ocean racing projects. Bruno Peyron, Franck Cammas, Loïck Peyron and more recently, Yann Guichard and Dona Bertarelli have chosen him as their favourite helmsman, as he shows confidence and skill at the helm of these maxi-multihulls as they race around the world. It is the ocean that inspires and motivates the Breton. At ease at the helm of a 15m IR in the Mediterranean sunshine, year after year, he looks towrds the desolate wastelands of the Southern Ocean, as if 5 roundings of Cape Horn is not enough. Seb wants more. Watch leader last year on Spindrift, he sees it as a blessing that Francis Joyon has invited him aboard this maxi-trimaran that he knows well, Franck Cammas’s former Groupama 3. It would be understating things to say that his wide range of talents fit in perfectly with the demands of Joyon’s elite troops. The confidence he shows will be a quality that the others on IDEC SPORT share, along with the pleasure of sailing on the big red and grey maxi-trimaran, which will certainly continue with the arrival of the new boy.


2017 JULES VERNE TROPHY: in 40 days, 23 hours and 30 minutes
4 attempts and winner in 2005
BARCELONA WORLD RACE: 2 attempts (6th in 2015)
SOLITAIRE DU FIGARO: 7 attempts. Leg victory in 2002
TRANSAT AG2R  (FIGARO): 4 attempts
TOUR DE FRANCE SAILING RACE:  9 attempts, 8 leg wins

Quentin Ponroy

Nationality : French

Age : 30 (born in Saint-Germain-en-Laye on 23th November 1986)


– Winner of the Tour de France à la Voile
– 2nd in the Tour de France à la Voile  (GROUPAMA) in 2015
– J/80 European Championship in 2014
– Winner of the Spi “Ouest France”  in 2014
– Winner of the Tour de France à la Voile (COURRIER DUNKERQUE 3) in 2014

Marcel Van Triest

Nationality : Holland

Age : 52

The flying Dutchman is one of the world’s leading routers. He will be attempting to smash his own record, as he was alongside Loïck Peyron in 2012. One difference however. Marcel is also a great sailor with five round the world voyages under his belt. In front of his computer screens around the clock, he will play a key role advising Francis Joyon and his men.

What Francis Joyon says about Marcel Van Triest

“A fantastic router… whom we hope to have sailing with us on IDEC SPORT in early October. This will be useful, as he will get a better idea of what life is like on board. We’ll be thinking of him a lot, as he works in the sunshine of the Balearic Islands, while we’re in amongst the ice in the Southern Ocean. It was like that several times last year (laughs).”
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