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Bernard Stamm

Sailing sponsorship : Bernard Stamm

Since 2003, Cheminées Poujoulat has been working with Bernard STAMM on an ambitious plan to win the Vendée Globe 20b12.

This is a hugely exciting project, based on strong values such as solidarity, stretching yourself to the limit, performance and ongoing commitment.

Bernard Stamm

Bernard Stamm


Athlète : Bernard Stamm
Born : 29/11/1963
Discipline : Sailing


2011Rolex Fastnet Race: 3rd

2010Transat AG2R in Figaro with Gildas Mahé: 10th
Solitaire du Figaro: 24th and 3rd Bizuth
Route du Rhum Class40: 9th after a pit stop in the Azores to repair his tiller.

Vendée Globe 2012

A story of real men, striving for performance and achieving long-term goals. An ongoing commitment to shared values: renewable energy, stretching yourself to the limit and solidarity. For Bernard Stamm and Cheminées Poujoulat, the Vendée Globe 2012 will be the climax of a ten-year partnership.

To achieve this goal Bernard has been working with a handpicked team, leaving nothing to chance. In spite of everything, he has had to delegate a great deal to be able to do what he does best: sail. He has spent years developing and then building his new boat, practicing racing in the open sea, focusing on technology and without taking his eye off the competition. Today, Bernard is standing at the helm of the boat he has always dreamed of.

Alongside this sailing challenge during the Vendée Globe, Cheminées Poujoulat will be offering valuable help to scientists on the Océanopolis in Brest. The 60-foot IMOCA will have a mini-lab onboard that will be able to take and analyse measurements in the marine environment, particularly on plankton.

Supported by the Poujoulat Group’s 1,350 employees and all of his partners, Bernard will have all the energy he needs to take up the ultimate sailing challenge: the Vendée Globe 2012!


What do “Commitment and Passion” mean to you?
For me, commitment is impossible without passion. The two are linked. You can’t have one without the other if you want to win, or even if you’re just trying to line up at the beginning of a race like the Vendée Globe. Without that, being on your own at sea for two months on a boat will soon feel like you’re in a prison. For me, I don’t even ask myself the question. I do what I do because I love it. So commitment is intuitive.

What does your sport involve ?
Going as fast as possible and being in the right place to get to the end before everyone else. As our boats are hard and big, it’s important to be in good physical shape, to train how to handle it. As they’re prototypes, technically they should be the best. So you have to find the little tricks that other people haven’t got the hang of, or at least, to get a technique that’s at least as reliable and successful as them. You also have to work with the weather. And for the good reason that the wind is our motor. Sailing is a comprehensive sport that demands versatility.

How many hours a week do you train?
Between 12 and 15 hours per day, every day of the work. Sailing is more than a sport, it’s a way of life.

What are your main character traits?
Honesty, desire, tenacity. I can be a bit hot-tempered sometimes. In any case, I can’t bear to throw in the towel.

What’s your favourite phrase or quote?
Carpe Diem. For about fifteen years, I really lived my life doing what I wanted to do. These days things are a bit different. I’m bound by my training. So at the moment, my favourite saying would be “I’ll get there in the end!”

Apart from your sport, what do you do the rest of the time?
At the moment, one third of my time is dedicated to physical training, one third is spent on technical performance, and the final third is spent focusing on managing the project. Soon most of my time will be spent in the water. I can’t wait.

What’s your best sporting memory? And what was the most unexpected?
My best memory is when I won Around Alone in 2003. I had spent time preparing the boat, and that was a great reward. The most unexpected is without a doubt when I came across an unidentified floating object during the Transat Jacques Vabre 2011, with the unfortunate consequence that we all know about: giving up.

What’s your next major sporting target for 2012?
Winning the Vendée Globe of course.

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