Charles Caudrelier

A French sailor with a track record that speaks for itself – winner of the Solitaire du Figaro, the Volvo Ocean Race and the Transat Jacques Vabre - Charles Caudrelier is Sébastien Josse’s partner on the racetrack. A cornerstone of the team in crewed configuration, a co-skipper during the double-handed races, he also plays the role of ‘performance analyst’ aboard the Gitana craft.

Birthdate 26/02/1974 Port of registry Beg-Meil

Charles Caudrelier

A graduate of the merchant navy, it’s offshore that Charles Caudrelier opted to carve out his wake. Having trained in the school of solo sailing and one-design that is the Figaro Bénéteau Class, Charles Caudrelier retains the rigour and high standards that characterise it.

Discreet of temperament on land, the sailor proves to be a formidable force at sea, making a name for himself from the outset at the very top level. In 1999, for his first participation in the Solitaire du Figaro, the Breton secures a promising 9th place overall and wins the rookie ranking. Two years later, in association with Gildas Morvan, he wins his first transatlantic race and makes the Top 5 in the Solitaire. However, the consecration, the goal he has been relentlessly working towards, comes in the summer of 2004. At just 30 years of age, Charles etches his name on the list of winners of the seminal event for Figaro sailors alongside Desjoyeaux, Le Cam and Cammas.

This victory enabled him not only to enter the big league but also to go off sailing on craft whose appeal he has never kept secret: trimarans and Imoca monohulls… As much at ease on the deck of a boat trimming or helming as behind a computer screen deciding on which weather strategy to adopt, the sailor has become a much sought-after and coveted crew member, who is frequently snapped up by France’s major offshore racing teams. In this way, Charles has successfully racked up a great deal of experience: Orma champion 2005 with the crew of Banque Populaire, 2nd in the Transat Jacques Vabre 2007 on Safran alongside Marc Guillemot before winning the event two years later, outright winner of the 2011-2012 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race with Franck Cammas and the men on Groupama 4, 1st in the European Tour for MOD70s alongside Michel Desjoyeaux before repeating the performance with Gitana Team a year later, and of course outright victory in the Transat Jacques Vabre 2013 with his partner Sébastien Josse.

In February 2014, on his fortieth birthday, the Breton switched things up a gear at the helm of his very own project. Indeed, he was named skipper of the Sino-French crew of Dongfeng Race Team for the 12th edition of the Volvo Ocean Race, which would set sail just a few months later from Alicante. It’s an exciting albeit tough challenge as the project’s aim is to train up young Chinese sailors without any experience of offshore racing so as get them to integrate the group in what is considered to be one of the hardest and most full-on crewed round the world races. Putting together a dream team around him, Charles shows off his qualities as a leader of men and treats China to two leg victories and a fabulous third place overall in its first ever participation.

“It is no longer in any doubt that Charles is a great sailor, but he also has a great many other strings to his bow. He knows how to get a boat making headway like no-one else and he is particularly adept at fine tuning these machines, which require long hours and many miles to ensure they are reliable. He showed just what he was capable of in this role alongside Marc Guillemot on Safran as well as with Franck Cammas in the victorious Volvo of 2012. He’s a real asset for our team in the preparations for the Vendée Globe.” - Sébastien Josse, skipper Edmond de Rothschild

Track record

Photos & videos

7d 23h 55m 24s, the results of a debut performance! 16 November 2017
Day of arrival in Bahia 14 November 2017
Bahia here we are 13 November 2017
Bahia's in the sight of Yann Riou 13 November 2017
Taking-off for the Atlantic 05 November 2017
First times series, #4 First race start 06 November 2017
05 November 2017
03 November 2017
13 October 2017
Maxi Edmond de Rothschild offshore pionneer 31 October 2017
First Week-end in Le Havre 28 October 2017
Objective Transat Jacques Vabre 27 October 2017
First Flight 31 August 2017
Pirouetting across the Atlantic 24 October 2017
Debut flights 31 August 2017
18 August 2017
18 August 2017
18 July 2017
Launch Maxi Edmond de Rothschild 17 July 2017
Genesis of a maritime work 07 July 2017
Technical challenges, #2 Versatility 22 June 2017
Technical challenges, #1 the forms 04 May 2017
The Maxi Edmond de Rothschild is unveiled 30 March 2017
30 March 2017
30 March 2017
When Art takes to the open sea 30 March 2017
04 April 2017
Gitana Team in Palais de Tokyo 05 April 2017
30 March 2017
Aerial view offshore of the Kerguelen Islands 02 December 2016
Day 27 - Mission Kerguelen 02 December 2016
Day 27 - Meeting the French Navy 02 December 2016
Alone offshore - The Weekly #4 Diet 01 December 2016
ALONE OFFSHORE THE WEEKLY #4 Diet 01 December 2016
Day 14 - Saturday 19 november - On the leading edge of the front 19 November 2016
Day 17 - Hanging on in there ahead of the front 22 November 2016
Day 21 - Start in the Indian Ocean 26 November 2016
Day 23 - Back up to speed 28 November 2016
Day 24 - Heading for Kerguelen 29 November 2016
Climb aboard with Sébastien Josse 26 November 2016
Life aboard 28 November 2016
Day 22 - First Albatros 27 November 2016
Gaining height 26 November 2016
Images from offshore by Sébastien Josse 08 November 2016
Alone offshore - The Weekly #3 23 November 2016
Alone offshore - The weekly #3 Clothing 23 November 2016
Day 12 - Thursday 17th november - Fast and uncomfortable in the South Atlantic 17 November 2016
Night and day 17 November 2016
17 November 2016
14 November 2016
13 November 2016
The Vendée Globe, a planetary race 11 November 2016
11 November 2016
Day 4 - Wednesday 9th - Gybe Oh! 09 November 2016
D-Day: heading offshore 06 November 2016
Day 3 - Surprise for the end of the day 08 November 2016
Day 3 - Tuesday 8 November - offshore of Portugal 08 November 2016
05 November 2016
A day with the Gitana Team 21 October 2016
Meeting day in the Vendée Globe village 18 October 2016
Mythic Sables d'Olonne's canal 05 November 2016
Drone Footage : Express delivery to Les Sables d'Olonne 14 October 2016
D-20 before the start 16 October 2016
Surfing session for Sébastien Josse: staying in the mix 25 October 2016
29 October 2016
03 November 2016
Vendée Globe: the Gitana Team spirit 3 days before the start #1 03 November 2016
05 November 2016
Around the world with a smartphone 01 November 2016
The Day Before #6 05 October 2016
Foiling in the breeze 03 October 2016
Gitana, 140 years of yachting passion 21 September 2016
Teaser Vendée Globe 14 September 2016
The Day Before #5 06 September 2016
The day before #4 15 June 2016
Finish of the New York - Vendée 09 June 2016
10 June 2016
Drone - Arrival Sables d'Olonne 09 June 2016
Transat New York - Vendée - Day 9 08 June 2016
Transat New York - Vendée - Day 5 03 June 2016
Transat New York - Vendée - Day 3 02 June 2016
On board Hudson River's Sailing 28 May 2016
A Frenchman in New York 31 May 2016
Start of the New York - Vendée 29 May 2016
The call of the ocean 30 May 2016
Charity Race New York City 27 May 2016
The day before #3 - Season 2016 05 May 2016
From the land to the sea: the sailor's big divide 02 May 2016
Road to New York 02 May 2016
28 April 2016
3D Principe des nouvelles dérives à foil du Mono60 Edmond de Rothschild 28 April 2015
The gamble paid off! 07 April 2016
A Solo sailor's life 25 April 2016
20 October 2015
20 October 2015
Mono60, righting test and mast stepping. 13 August 2015
Launched ! 07 August 2015
Gitana 16, release from the mould 20 February 2015
Gitana 16 build 02 February 2015
The day before #2 05 April 2016
The day before #1 - Saison 2016 04 March 2016
20 January 2016
First words of Sebastien Josse 17 December 2015
Transat Jacques Vabre - A cut-down edition 29 October 2015
3D Mono60 Edmond de Rothschild 10 June 2015
Webzine 7 - Transat Jacques Vabre 2015 Special 19 October 2015
19 October 2015
See you in Le Havre ! 15 October 2015
In the wake of Gitana #4 19 June 2015
In the wake of Gitana #6 14 September 2015
Foil attitude 27 August 2015
Successful 180° test 14 August 2015
Flash-back over 11 months of construction 13 August 2015
In the wake of Gitana #5 11 August 2015
First flights off Lorient 30 July 2015
In the wake of Gitana - Season 2015 #3 26 May 2015
In the wake of Gitana - Season 2015 #1 31 March 2015
In the wake of Gitana - Season 2015 #2 28 April 2015
In the wake of Gitana - N°7 27 October 2014
In the wake of Gitana - N°6 17 October 2014
In the wake of Gitana - N°5 02 September 2014
In the wake of Gitana - N°3 04 June 2014
In the wake of Gitana - N°4 02 July 2014
In the wake of Gitana - N°2 07 May 2014
In the wake of Gitana - N°1 08 April 2014

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