Vendée Globe winner Yannick Pestavin was elected Sailor of the Year 2021


Winner of the anthology of the 80 days of the Vendée Globe, Yannick Pestavin, elected sailor of the year 2021, was announced Monday, December 6 by the French Sailing Federation during a ceremony in Paris.

The captain of the ship was awarded this distinction for the first time, a 20-year-old who has rewarded great names in sailing such as Michel Desjoyeaux, double winner of the Vendée Globe, or Franck Cammas. Bestaven got a large majority of the vote, 12 out of 17 in the first round. In front of him, Charlene Bacon, double Olympic medalist in surfing, obtained 4 votes and Nicholas Goyard, world and European champion in IQFoil, 1 vote.

Sailor of the Year is a distinction awarded since 2001 by a jury made up of institutions, athletes and media professionals, and awarded by the French Sailing Federation. The public is also invited to vote online (ie two votes).

The 48-year-old sailor from La Rochelle succeeds the tandem Camille Lecointre and Alois Returnaz (Olympic Sailing), which was dedicated to him in 2019. In 2020, the Sailor of the Year is none other than Sailor of the Decade in the person of Frank Camas . for his outstanding career in numerous events during the year. the last ten years.

Bestaven won the Vendée Globe 2020/2021 after 80 days of non-stop single world races full of twists and turns. It was notably marked by the drowning of Kevin Escovier and his epic rescue by Jean Le Cam. Escoffier and Le Cam received the 2020 Solidarity Trophy awarded by the French Sailing Federation.

Shortly before receiving the Sailor of the Year award, Pestafin was decorated Knight of the Legion of Honor by President Emmanuel Macron, just like Le Cam.