BLONDEL YANN

22 years old

France

Les Sables d'Olonne (85)

Single

Technician

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Starry-eyed!

A native of the Loir-et-Cher department, Yann put in his first tacks on the region’s watersports bases as a child. Bitten by the sailing bug, the young man secured himself a vocational baccalauréat before going on to do a BTS vocational training certificate specialising in “Plastics composites and carbon” so as to be able to work in the domain of boat building. In 2014, he supported a former Mini sailor, Arnaud Boissières, in the preparation of his Class 40 for the Route du Rhum. Following this experience, he set himself the challenge of participating in the Mini-Transat. “It’s a childhood dream”. He formed an entourage of partners and then bought the boat with which Hervé Aubry raced the Mini-Transat in 2015 aboard Ixina, an Argo, number 836. “She’s the finest”, gushes the young 22-year-old.

To prepare himself as best he can for this first solo transatlantic passage, Yann has settled in Les Sables d’Olonne, his boat’s port of registry, and participated in several races on the Mini circuit: Pornichet Select, Transgascogne, Mini-Fastnet…

Track record:

- Transgascogne 2018: 42nd
- Mini Fastnet 2019: 45th
- Trophée Marie-Agnès Peron 2019: 40th
- Mini Fastnet 2018: 42nd