Devan Le Bihan returns as grinder for the France SailGP Team in Season 2 after being a part of the crew that finished fifth in the final overall standings in 2019.
His teammates say that he instils rigor and rhythm into the French crew, constantly pushing them to surpass boundaries both on the water and outside the competition, making him a irreplaceable member of the roster.
Having competitive experience with the AC50s from the America’s Cup, Le Bihan had been monitoring the evolution of the F50 catamaran and sparked his desire to participate in SailGP.
Born in Hennebont, in the Morbihan region of northwest France, he made his on-water debut at just 7-years-old. Despite not coming from a family with a sailing background, Le Bihan was drawn to the sport, eventually turning professional when he was 19.
Le Bihan has vast multihull experience at both ends of the size spectrum. He joined the World Match Racing Tour in 2009 and gained valuable experience over the course of the competition, especially given the need to adapt depending on the nautical elements. The following year, he took part in the Extreme Sailing Series alongside legendary French sailor Franck Cammas.
He won the Tour de France à la Voile as a trimmer for Groupama 34 in 2013, and most recently he re-joined Cammas as a grinder for the 35th America’s Cup, making him a valuable member of Besson’s team.
Le Bihan is married and has one son. If he could trade places with anyone in the world, it would be with Thomas Pesquet when he was on the International Space Station. He also has a hidden talent, as he’s been playing the clarinet for years.