Born in 1976, Stéphane Le Diraison joined Bureau Veritas in 2008 as a hull and structure surveyor within the Marine Technical Department, after a first experience with ICNN (Notified body) and FIN (French Nautical Industries Federation). He graduated as engineer from ENSAM (Bordeaux, France) in 2000.
During his free time, Stéphane Le Diraison is a confirmed amateur sailor. Indeed, native from Lorient in France, a city located on the Atlantic sea-shore, he grew up on a sailing-boat, acquiring his first boat at the age of 15! He progressively acquired experience by racing on all kinds of boats in all weather conditions, first during coastal cruises, crossing the Channel and the Gascoigne gulf several times as well as the Atlantic ocean. He thus started to set remarkable results with crew members or solo.
Results with Class40 "Masaï"
-8th place in 2012 (May) at the "Atlantic Cup" race (Charleston - New York - Newport)
-2nd place in 2012 (April) at the "Solidaire du Chocolat" transatlantic race
-1st place in 2011 (June) at the SNSM Record
-1st place in 2011 (July) at the Les Sables d'Olonne-Horta-Les Sables d'Olonne (being 2nd at each of the 2 legs of the race)
Amongst his past podium, one can mention:
- 3rd place in 2006 at the Fastnet
- 2nd place in 2007 at the 6.50 Transat (The Charente-Maritime/Bahia)
- 1st place in 2008 at the Select 6.50
- 1st place in 2009 at the Fastnet
- 4th place in 2009 at the 6.50 Transat (The Charente-Maritime/Bahia)