Arnaud Boissières, heads for first Barcelona World Race
Following a third Vendée Globe, the French skipper has announced his pre-registration for Barcelona’s round the world challenge
On the 17th of February 2017 when Arnaud Boissières (1972, Talence, France) crossed the finishing line at Les Sables d’Olonne he became, after Armel Le Cléac’h, the second sailor in history to complete three Vendée Globes. It was an achievement within reach of but a few super-sailors, but those who knew the talents of the Gironde-born yachtsman were not surprised.
Like most solo sailors, Arnaud’s transoceanic career began in the Mini-Transat where he took third step on the podium in 2001. He moved up to the IMOCA Class, taking part in five Atlantic crossings (three Transat Jacques Vabres, one Transat and one Transat B to B) and in the three aforementioned Vendée Globes in 2009, 2013 and 2017.
Three Transat Jacques Vabres mean that Arnaud is something of a double-handed expert, but he has yet to take on a round the world race in this competition mode and the Barcelona World Race 2018/19 is now firmly in his sights. His project is on course, but the Frenchman has yet to reveal any further details.