Alice Valiergue

Alice, sociologist and sailor

After the Transat Jacques Vabre in October 2023, Alice Valiergue has embarked on a new nautical adventure in 2024: a round trip from Les Sables d'Olonne to the Azores aboard a mini sailboat. Portrait of a sailor who wasn't destined to become one.

A revelation at 29

Alice Valiergue, a sociologist by trade, was born in the east of France, far from the Breton coast. If, when she was 25, we'd told her she'd become a sailor, she wouldn't have believed us! But she did! It all began when her friends offered her a sailing course at Les Glénans in Paimpol, on the occasion of her thesis defense. It was a revelation. At the age of 29, she enrolled in the continuing education course offered by the Glénans sailing school and passed her cruising instructor's diploma.

Mini Transat goal

Her dream was to learn to sail single-handed and to head out to sea, so she decided to prepare for the Mini Transat 2023, the legendary solo race across the Atlantic. Alice embarks on this crazy adventure with the support of Breton economic players like Dalmard Marine. She trained and took part in her first races with her 6.50-meter "mini" boat "Walaby". In September 2022, she qualified for the Mini Transat, but with the start limited to 90 boats and a large number of qualifiers, she unfortunately remained on the waiting list (qualifiers are ranked by number of miles raced).

Around Ireland in stages

Along with two other people on the Mini Transat waiting list, Alice is embarking on a new nautical adventure: sailing around Ireland in stages. The aim is to savor the taste of the open sea, all in safety, thanks to stopovers that allow them to leave with a reliable weather forecast. The result of this tour of Ireland: 1300 miles under direct route, covered in four stages (Rossaveel, Castlebay, Barra Island, Arklow) with a total of 10 days at sea.

Departure for the Transat Jacques Vabre

On the day of the start of the Mini Transat, Alice receives a phone call from Anatole Facon, a young Class40 skipper she met a few days earlier at a regatta. Anatole asks her if she is available to accompany him on the double-handed Transat Jacques Vabre in October 2023. A new offshore adventure begins. They finish the Transat Jacques Vabre in 27th place, in 21 days, 11 hours, 50 minutes and 48 seconds.

A new racing adventure

Still dreaming of single-handed offshore sailing, Alice embarked on a new racing adventure in January 2024: a round trip to the Azores from Les Sables d'Olonne. With a new 6.50 mini sailboat named Biscuit, chartered for the occasion, she is preparing to qualify. The departure is scheduled for the summer of 2024. Between now and then, she will have to cover 800 nautical miles on the race course and 1,000 miles off the race course, on a route that will take her from the south Irish coast to off the Rochebonne plateau.