Basile Bourgnon: the sea deep in the heart

Emmanuel Le Roch, skipper of the Edenred Class40, had chosen Basile Bourgnon as co-skipper for the Transat Jacques Vabre 2019 from Le Havre to Salvador da Bahia, Brazil. The Edenred group is now continuing the "Dream Team" adventure by offering Basile, born in 2002, the chance to train for his first single-handed transatlantic race: the Mini Transat in September 2021, at the helm of a brand new Classe Mini 6.50.

Basile Bourgnon Skipper of the Edenred Classe Mini 6.50

As the son of a skipper, I grew up on boats. I spent seven years sailing around the world on a catamaran with my family, which is how I discovered the open sea. Today, competitive sailing is my passion.

The adventure continues

Basile was only be 17 at the start of the Transat Jacques Vabre on October 27, 2019. But thanks to a special dispensation, he was officially named co-skipper of the Edenred Class40, having taken part in the second stage of the Défi Atlantique with Emmanuel Le Roch – a 1,300-mile race between Horta in the Azores and La Rochelle. He thus becomes the youngest participant in the 13th edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre.

"I knew Laurent well and I'm still very close to his family. After talking to my partner Edenred, I initially put the question to Caroline, Basile's mother, who was very moved. As for Basile, he said yes right away!”, explains the Edenred skipper.

Basile Bourgnon Co-skipper of Class40 Edenred

Taking part in the Transat Jacques Vabre on the Class40 Edenred is the beginning of a great adventure for me. Edenred and Emmanuel have offered me an incredible experience.

Value has no age

With an uncanny maturity, Basile Bourgnon is passionate about speed. Having grown up on the family catamaran in New Zealand, he is naturally drawn to the multihull.

In 2018, he put together and sailed a Diam 24 in the Tour de France à la Voile. And his desire for the open sea has gone stronger and stronger. When Emmanuel asked him to take part in the Transat Jacques Vabre, he thought it was a joke: "I'm 16, I'm just leaving school, and I get a call from Manu. I don't believe it! I don't believe it, because it's a dream. A plan that was taking shape in my head, but which I didn't think was within reach just yet.

Emmanuel Le Roch Skipper of Class40 Edenred

Competitiveness is in his blood and he never gives up – I think it runs in the family.

“Basil is cheerful, enthusiastic, and always positive. In sporting terms, he really impressed me during the Défi Atlantique! He's got great skills at the helm and he's a fine, highly independent racer. I never needed to go behind him to trim the sails. I am proud of my partner Edenred, who made a really brave decision in supporting Basile at my side, and demonstrating once again how trust is a key value,” said Emmanuel Le Roch.

The pair already works very well together. In June 2019, they won the Class40 category of the ArMen Race! This is just the start...»


  • Born on May 3, 2002
  • Graduated in 2019
  • Lives in Saint-Philibert, in the Morbihan department of France
  • Skipper of the Edenred Classe Mini 6.50
  • Instagram: @basilebourgnon

Achievements and honors

  • 2023

    2nd in the Solitaire du Figaro

  • 2021

    2nd in the Mini en Mai

  • 2021

    9th in the Pornichet Select race on Mini

  • 2021

    6th in the Plastimo Lorient race on Mini

  • 2020

    6th on the Marie-Agnès Peron trophy on Mini

  • 2020

    8th in the Duo Concarneau race on Mini

  • 2020

    13th in the Mini en Mai

  • 2019

    Winner of the two-handed ArMen Race on Class40

  • 2018

    Tour de France à la Voile on a Diam 24

  • 2016-2017

    Open 5.70 Champion of France

  • 2013-2015

    Hobie-Cat 16 champion of Polynesia

    The Edenred Dream Team

    Basile Bourgnon