Loïc Lepage (65)



Name Loïc Lepage

Born February 15th 1956

Nationality French

Country of entry France

Loïc Lepage bought the Nicholson 32 Mk X yacht Laaland back in 2015 with a plan to have one of the best-prepared yachts in the race. After an 18-month refit, he sailed her between May and August 2017 from Quiberon to the Azores and back prior to completing his jury rig test.
Loïc has more than 20,000 miles of solo sailing under his belt including three trans-Biscay and four transatlantic crossings.

He says of the GGR: “I’m very happy to be part of this legendary race. When I was 16, I devoured books written by Bernard Moitessier and Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and the dream of completing a solo round-the-world race myself has remained a passion of mine.”

In 2011, Lepage came close to realising his dream, and after two years of preparation, he set out in his First 35 class yacht. “Unfortunately, 10 days out, my boat hit a container and sank within 2 hours, but the experience has not changed my motivation. The GGR is the perfect race to realise a dream.”
Loïc successfully raised money to support his campaign by the unusual method of Crowd funding.




Name Laaland
Type Nicholson 32 Mk X Masthead sloop
Designer Charles A. Nicholson / Peter Nicholson
Builder Camper & Nicholson (UK)
LOA 33.00ft /10.05m
LWL 24.00ft / 7.32m
Beam 9.30′ / 2.82m
Draft 5.60′ / 1.70m
Displacement 13693 lbs / 6211 kgs
Sail area 470sq. ft / 43.66sq. m

Loïc Lepage has chosen to race the Nicholson 32 Mk X yacht Laaland, one of the smallest yachts in the fleet. Having completed the trials in the summer of 2017, she returned to the shipyard at Vannes to have a crash bulkhead fitted, leaks sealed and new radio equipment fitted. Loïc aimed to have the boat back in the water to complete sea trials in May 2018 and will then sail to the UK to take part in the Suhaili 50 Falmouth Parade of Sail prior to the start of the GGR from Les Sables d’Olonne on July 1st.

Skipper Updates

May 3rd 2018 12:00 AM

After several delays, French skipper Loïc Lepage is looking to relaunch his Nicholson 32 yacht Laaland in mid-May and base her in Crouesty prior to a shake-down sail out into the Bay of Biscay and across to Falmouth. Supported by his local cycling club and the Dept. of Mor’bihan, Lepage’s yacht is also carrying a message around the world. Her Race No 56 was chosen because it is the number code for Mor’bihan, Loïc’s year of birth – and the latitude of Cape Horn.

April 5th 2018 12:00 AM

French skipper Loic Lepage says that everything should be ready to relaunch his Nicholson 32 yacht Laaland at the end of April. “The set-up for the race is going well. I’ve just bought new sails, liferaft and beacons and am now gathering food supplies for the race. I will be test sailing in the Bay of Biscay throughout May and plan to arrive in Falmouth around June 8.”

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