Monday June 5th 2023

The E-Skipper Academy returns in 2023! 

Sodebo Ultim and Virtual Regatta offer all participants a one-of-a-kind chance again. The opportunity to become the E-Skipper of Sodebo Ultim 3 and join the prestigious Team Sodebo to participate in the Transat Jacques Vabre!

In the footsteps of Thomas Coville on the North Atlantic

As in Season 1, Sodebo and Virtual Regatta are once again building a bridge between virtual and real sailing.

Season 2 of the E-Skipper Academy will be all about transmission and sharing between the two Team Sodebo E-Skippers. Julien Taillefer, E-Skipper Sodebo 2022, is very enthusiastic about again wearing the Team Sodebo colours in the Transat Jacques Vabre.

The first selection stage will begin on 20 June with a virtual race, the course of which has been carefully chosen for its link with the solo North Atlantic record set by Thomas Coville in 2017, in just 4 days, 11 hours, 10 minutes and 24 seconds, a feat still unmatched by any other sailor to have broken the five-day barrier.

To get through this first selection phase, you must rank among the top 100 competitors.

Throughout the summer, a panel of experts will choose the most promising candidates based on their eSport achievements and enthusiasm. Like a sailor, the e-skipper will have to demonstrate personal qualities and a willingness to share his or her journey with a broad audience.

Embarking on a sporty and adventurous journey

As an E-Skipper, you’ll be at the heart of the action in the ultimate category of ocean racing: the Ultime Class. This unique experience will allow you to measure yourself against the best virtual sailors and proudly represent Sodebo Ultim 3!  

 Register now and get ready for the start of the race on 20 June! The winner will live an incredible adventure as the E-Skipper of Sodebo Ultim 3 and will become an integral part of Team Sodebo.

Key Dates

📝  Opening of entries:  June 2023

⛵️ Start of the challenge:  20 June 2023

📣 Announcement of the Sodebo E-skipper : 24 July 2023

🏁 Transat Jacques Vabre : 29 October 2023

“We’re going to recruit an athlete who will join the team, represent us and challenge himself against many more boats than me. He’ll be under a certain amount of pressure. Our role will also be to put him in the best possible position to win or, in any case, to perform at Virtual Regatta. I’m going to have someone else with me who’s going to be optimising the same emulation. He’ll have a different vision of my sport and my activity. And a real strategic and tactical vision is one of the essential parameters for winning. I can’t wait to see what kind of profile he or she will have. It’s a partnership that could last for a long time”.

Thomas Coville

“It was an incredible experience to join such a prestigious team as Team Sodebo last year and to meet the whole team. There’s a real family spirit, where everyone has their place and say. Thomas, who is a great sailor, welcomed me with open arms. It’s a wonderful meeting and a fine example because he knows how to give himself the means to follow his dreams. The E-Skipper Academy allows you to join a team and discover high-level sailing in the physical world, managing people and the boat. It’s a unique opportunity. I’ve had some unforgettable moments”.

Julien Taillefer, Sodebo's E skipper of 2022


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