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‘Good Jibes’ Episode #107: Celebrating French Sailing Culture With Charly Devanneaux

This week’s Good Jibes host John Arndt is joined by offshore racer and Naos Yachts founder and CEO Charly Devanneaux to chat about all things racing, cruising, and French sailing. Charly, who’s been sailing his entire life, has posted podium finishes in the Newport-Cabo Race, Transpac, Pacific Cup, ARC, and more.

Charly and crew aboard Beneteau 44 Lenny
Charly and crew surf into the Transpac finish line aboard his Beneteau 44 Lenny.
© 2023 Sharon Green / Ultimate Sailing
Charly on Lagoon
When he’s not racing, Charly and family seek out remote places aboard their Lagoon catamaran in the Sea of Cortez, sailing out of their slip in Puerto Escondido.
© 2023 Charla Devanneax
Coast of Brittany
Charly started young, sailing with his dad off the coast of Brittany, France.
© 2023 Charly Devanneaux

After Charly Devanneaux’s Beneteau 44 Lenny raced in the 2023 Transpac, the boat is now being delivered from Hawaii to Sydney, via Fiji, with the goal of racing in the 2023 Sydney Hobart Race on December 26. You can follow the delivery here.

This episode covers everything from singlehanding to yacht design. Here’s a small sample of what you will hear in this episode:

  • What kind of boats did Charly sail at first?
  • Why did he move to California?
  • What’s so great about sailing the Sea of Cortez?
  • Is it hard to find French wine in Mexico?
  • What race does Charly have next?
  • Do Olympic sailors get the same attention in France as offshore sailors?
  • How has Charly’s sailing business been?
  • Short Tacks: What’s his longest voyage?

Learn more about Charly at and on Instagram @Naos.Yachts.

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