Lionel Péan

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Lionel Péan (born 17 September 1956 in Saint-Germain-en-Laye) is a French sailor who won the Whitbread Round the World Race.

He won the 1983 Solitaire du Figaro solo race.

Péan skippered L'Esprit d'équipe in the 1985–86 Whitbread Round the World Race. The boat won three of the four legs and won the race with a corrected time of 111 days 23 hours. At age 29, he was the youngest winning skipper in the race’s history.[1][2]

He competed in a legends regatta before the 2011–12 Volvo Ocean Race with the same crew, and again won the regatta.[3]


  1. ^ "10 Most iconic young sailors in the history of the Volvo Ocean Race - YBW". 7 March 2017.
  2. ^ Race, Volvo Ocean. "Roaring Forties, chapter 12: Boy Wonder".
  3. ^ "Frances former winner lines up for Legends Regatta". Yachts and Yachting Online.