Louis Burton appeared in the world of offshore racing out of the blue. This young Parisian businessman learned the ropes outside the sailing circles and there will always be something so Parisian about Burton. But make no mistake, his nonchalance and elegance are only there to hide his out-and-out pugnacity.
During the 2010 Route du Rhum, Louis was injured after a collision with a trawler in mid-Atlantic yet he continued the race at the helm of his Class 40 yacht. It was his first transatlantic race, as well as his sponsor’s, Bureau Vallée, already supporting him back then. Obviously the experience did not make Louis Burton’s dream of adventure on the oceans any less strong. Quite the opposite, it made him want to take things even further and achieve greater performances. That is why he joined the IMOCA Class, sailing on Jérémie Beyou’s former Delta Dore with no other goal than the 2012 Vendee Globe in mind. He started with the 2011 Transat Jacques Vabre with his brother Nelson. It was a tough race and while the heavyweights of the class were forced to retire, the Burtons held on tight and were even part of the race’s top three for a few days. At the end of the Transat B to B, the skipper returned to Europe, qualified for the Vendée Globe and started training. Following Michel Desjoyeaux’s advice saying that “a race is first won on dry land”, the youngest skipper of this 7th edition was smart enough to surround himself with a small and united team. Louis Burton may be young but his experience as both a skipper and an entrepreneur make it easy for him to get organized, deal with tight schedules and clock up miles and miles.
Louis continues to further his career within the IMOCA class alongside his sponsor Bureau Vallée. Their common goal: The Vendée Globe 2016.