Yvan Bourgnon

Chairman and Founder

A talented Franco-Swiss skipper, Yvan Bourgnon started sailing at the age of eight with his parents for a round-the-world voyage where he discovered the ocean that he would never leave.

Over the course of his career, Yvan has built up an impressive racing record in sports multihulls and also in offshore races on the most performing boats.

With his elder brother, Laurent Bourgnon, he won the Transat Jacques-Vabre in 1997.

Holder of several world records, he pushes sailing to the extreme by embarking on a series of unprecedented solo adventures on his uninhabitable catamaran, without instruments, including a round-the-world race from 2013 to 2015 and the Northwest Passage linking Greenland to Alaska in 2017.

These exploits were unanimously acclaimed throughout the world.

Today, with The SeaCleaners, of which he is Chairman and Founder, he is taking on a new environmental challenge and wishes to develop an effective and concrete solution to combat plastic pollution in the seas: the Manta project.

“I have been travelling the oceans since I was 8 years old. I've seen them deteriorate, warm up, acidify and become plasticised. I created the association The SeaCleaners to fight against this global scourge with the desire to create a revolutionary ship, a pioneer in the collection of plastic waste, the Manta. Today, The SeaCleaners is fighting on all fronts: awareness and prevention, the dissemination of scientific knowledge, the transition to a circular economy, and the collection of waste on land and at sea. With three watchwords to guide our approach: taking action, finding solutions, refusing resignation. ”