Emmanuel Le Roch: A driven entrepreneur

In 2018, Emmanuel le Roch, skipper of the Class40 Edenred, fulfilled a boyhood dream when he participated in the Route du Rhum race alongside the very best. Strengthened by this experience and Edenred's renewed support, he participated with honors in his first Transat Jacques Vabre in 2019 along with teammate Basile Bourgnon, and sets sail again in 2021 with Pierre Quiroga at the helm of a latest-generation Class40. But let's take a look back on where the adventure began.

Bertrand Dumazy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Edenred

Emmanuel's personality and values perfectly embody the entrepreneurial spirit that drives the passionate teams making up our Group.

"When I was a kid, I didn't want to be a superhero, I just dreamed of becoming a sailor..."

Emmanuel Le Roch grew up in Lorient, in the French department of Morbihan. Since childhood, his dreams have been dominated by the sea, adventure and the open water.

His weekends growing up were peppered with outings on a small family sailboat, and he learned the ropes on an Optimist, on the estuary of the river Ter. As a teenager and member of the Carnac Yacht Club, Emmanuel sailed a racing catamaran and was crowned Champion of France in 1991 and 1993.

Then he moved up to the Tornado class on the Olympic racing circuit in France and North America, but did not join the French team. “My parents were very strict: I had to finish school and find a job first,” recalls Emmanuel Le Roch.

Bourgnon, Maurel, Gautier: living and sharing the dream of friends, a source of inspiration

Fascinated by multihulls, the young sailor pursued his passion and befriended the Bourgnon brothers, Laurent and Yves, as well as Jean Maurel and Alain Gautier.

At their sides, Emmanuel crewed on some of the greatest race boats, but above all, he shared in their preparation, participation and victories, such as the Route du Rhum 1998, won by Laurent Bourgnon.

"I’ve been lucky enough to sail on some great race boats, like the Primagaz, Foncia, Bayer, Rexona, Brossard," says the Edenred skipper.

Alain Gautier Skipper, Vendée Globe winner and friend of Emmanuel's

Manu is clever, kind and caring. It’s great to be able to live your dream when you’re already very busy with your job. It takes courage. He has my wholehearted support.

Nautic Sport, one foot in sea and one on shore

In June 1995, Emmanuel Le Roch created Nautic Sport in Carnac (Morbihan), offering nautical activities around light sailing. In the early 2000s, the company expanded into motorboats, in Trinité-sur-Mer.

Having successfully made a living out of his passion, Emmanuel now heads up a company of ten employees – which can swell to as many as 25 in the summer.

In just 20 years, Emmanuel Le Roch has established a sustainable company and formed a loyal team of employees, allowing him to take time out to fulfill his dream of participating in the Route du Rhum.

#TrueDream: the story of a partnership

The important thing is to make your dreams come true: Emmanuel Le Roch's encounter with Edenred.

Edenred enters the world of sailing sponsorship with French skipper Emmanuel Le Roch

Emmanuel Le Roch Skipper of the Edenred Class40

I found with Edenred a partner with whom, in just a few months, we have already shared a great human adventure.


  • Born September 12, 1972
  • Lives in Plouharnel (Morbihan), France
  • Married, 2 children
  • Manager of Nautic Sport

Achievements and honors

  • 2019

    Winner of the ArMen Race on the Edenred Class40

  • 2018

    Participation in the Route du Rhum race

  • 2018

    17th in the Drheam Cup on the Edenred Class40

  • 2018

    1st in the Tour de Belle-île on the Edenred Class40

  • 2017

    Part of a double-handed crew in the Transquadra on the First 40.7

  • 2012, 2013, 2014

    Winner of the Spi Ouest-France

  • 1991, 1993

    French catamaran champion

    “On a transatlantic crossing, you have to keep fit for the long haul, while keeping up strength for short but intense bursts of activity, like changing the sails.”

    “I’ll need to push myself, to be at one with the ocean, with only myself to count on. That’ll be my biggest personal challenge!”