Fortinet - Best Western
Romain Attanasio


Fortinet - Best Western

  • Port–la-Forêt
  • 46 years old

From the age of 15 Romain Attansio says he knew that his destiny was to race the oceans. He started in the Mini 6.50, the proving ground of offshore racing, in 1999. During his first  Mini Transat a huge storm caught him out in the Bay of Biscay and his boat capsized. He had to be rescued by a cargo ship. All that did not stop Romain. He joined up with the Pôle Finistère at Port-La-Forêt and the results started to come for him in the Figaro class.  Attanasio is also an accomplished weather strategist whose skills have been called upon by the likes of Michel Desjoyeaux and Franck Cammas. His first experience in IMOCA was during the Transat Jacques Vabre in 2015 and that gave him the  confidence to enter the mythical Vendée Globe. He raced the 2016 edition on Tanguy de Lamotte's former Initiatives-Coeur a legendary boat launched in 1998 by Catherine Chabaud. He finished his first Vendée Globe in 110 days. A competitor at heart and on the strength of this result, Romain bought a more efficient boat and took part in the IMOCA Championship: Transat Jacques Vabre, Route du Rhum Destination Guadeloupe, then a second Vendée Globe which he finished 20 days quicker than the previous race. Now he has Boris Herrmann's former Seaexplorer - Yacht Club de Monaco, Romain is aiming to get even further up the rankings.

Fortinet - Best Western

Fortinet - Best Western

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  • Sail number: FRA 10
  • Former names: Gitana 16 - Edmond de Rotschild, Malizia II - Yacht Club de Monaco
  • Architect: VPLP / Verdier
  • Construction: Multiplast, Vannes
  • Launch Date: 2015
  • Length: 18,28 m
  • Beam: 5,70 m
  • Draught: 4,50 m
  • Weight: 8 tonnes
  • Mast height: 29 m
  • Upwind sail area: 290 m²
  • Downwind sail area: 490 m²
  • Foils: oui

His prizelist

  • 2021 Transat Jacques Vabre - 7th
  • 2021 Défi Azimut - 9th
  • 2021 Rolex Fastnet Race - 6th
  • 2020-21 Vendée Globe - 14th
  • 2020 Défi Azimut - 15th
  • 2019 Transat Jacques Vabre - 15th
  • 2019 Défi Azimut - 19th
  • 2018 Route du Rhum - 13th
  • 2018 Transat AG2R - 13th
  • 2017 Transat Jacques Vabre (en duo avec Aurélien Ducroz) - 13th
  • 2016 Vendée Globe - 15th