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Maël Garnier

86 pt
I love outdoor sports and long-distance challenges. I find in offshore racing the perfect mix of freedom, adrenaline, and self-improvement that I need and love to share. I chose to make it my profession after my first victory in the Sardinha Cup in June 2022, after a year of practicing on a Figaro BENETEAU 3.

DATE OF BIRTH: 29 December 2000
BOAT: Ageas – Ballay – Cerfrance – Baie de Saint-Brieuc


Born in Paris, Maël started sailing at the age of 4 in the Bay of Morlaix. He comes from a family with no sailing background but quickly delved into competitive sailing. At the age of 11, he finished 3rd in the Optimist French Championship.

Later on, Maël trained alone for 5 years in the Laser class in the Bay of Saint Brieuc before joining the La Rochelle Sailing Center. It proved to be a fruitful year as he became the French Laser Radial Youth Champion at 16.

Throughout his studies, Maël also sailed in the Waszp, Flying Phantom, and Diam24 classes, achieving excellent results in competitions.

In 2019, Maël had a taste of the Figaro during an outing and fell in love with it. The following year, he initiated a project to participate in the Solitaire du Figaro in 2021 with minimal preparation. He was one of the youngest sailors on the circuit. A 3-year adventure awaits Maël and his partners.

While his dream is to win the Vendée Globe, for now, he is focused on the 2024 Figaro season.


Photo credits: Gilles Dedeurwaerder - Solo Guy Cotten 2024

  • 2024Le Havre - Allmer Cup 2024: 7th

    Trophée Banque Populaire Grand Ouest: 12th (double handed with Frederic Duthil)

    Solo Maître Coq 2024: 15th

    Laura Vergne Trophy: retired (double handed with Ronan Treussart)

    Solo Guy Cotten 2024: 9th
  • 2023French Elite Offshore Racing Championship 2023: 14th

    La Solitaire du Figaro Paprec 2023 : 20th

    Solo Guy Cotten: 13th

    Tour de Bretagne à la Voile: 7th (double handed with Frédéric Duthil)

    Transat Paprec: 7th (double handed with Julia Courtois)

    Trophée Laura Vergne: 11th (double handed with Julia Courtois)
  • 2022Solo Maître Coq: 13th

    Le Havre Allmer Cup: 16th

    Sardinha Cup: 1st (with Pierre Leboucher)

    Solo Guy Cotten: 13th

    La Solitaire du Figaro: 23rd

    French Elite Offshore Racing Championship 2022: 11th
  • 2021our de Bretagne à la Voile: 29th (with Romen Richard)

    Solo Guy Cotten: 30th

    La Solitaire du Figaro: 26th - 6th Rookie

    The French Elite Offshore Racing Championship 2021: 10th Rookie
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