Born April 27, 1959 in Quimper (Finistère), Jean Le Cam is a French professional sailor, skipper and boat builder. Nicknamed “King John” (le roi Jean) because of his impressive track record, he made his competitive debut at age 14, taking part in regattas with his father. He did his military service in 1981 alongside iconic French sailor Eric Tabarly, with whom he completed his first round-the-world crewed tour.
From then on, he never stopped competing in ocean races with the biggest names in yachting: Philippe Poupon, Patrick Morvan, Laurent Bourgnon, Titouan Lamazou, etc. In 1983, together with Gaétan Gouérou and Hubert Desjoyeaux, he created the CDK Composites shipyard in Port La Forêt — behind the construction of Olivier de Kersauzon’s boat Poulain, the Kaimiloa wreck search boat, a fishing catamaran, a competition Optimist sailing dinghy .
In parallel, he became a Formula 40 world champion, on multihulls that were also built by CDK Composites. Starting at age 19, he competed in 16 editions of the Solitaire du Figaro, which he won three times, and completed many transatlantic races. He then chose to focus on solo and double-handed round-the-world races, dedicating the past 20 years to the Vendée Globe (5 participations) and the Barcelona World Race (2 participations). At 61, he finished fourth at the 2020-2021 Vendée Globe, after rescuing Kevin Escoffier whose hull broke in the South Atlantic.
- Officer (2013) and Knight of the Order of Maritime Merit (2020);
- Knight of the Legion of Honor (2021)