Benjamin Dutreux is a consummate sportsman, environmentalist and a true Ulysses. His foundation - The Water Family - aims to put sport at the service of the environment and raise awareness in children about the importance of water in our environment and health. The Water Family also teaches them how to protect our planet through tracing the natural cycle of water and using ecological means to preserve this precious resource.
Born in 1990 in Villeneuve d’Ascq, northern France, Benjamin spent his summers in the Vendée region, sailing on his grandfather’s boat. At fifteen, he began studying at a boarding school in the Sables d’Olonne, point of departure for the Vendée Globe, and never looked back. After starting a boat renovation company with his brother, Dutreux went on to take 5th place in the Solitaire Urgo le Figaro race in 2018, cementing his place as a stellar, solo skipper.
Dutreux will take his place on the starting line of the Vendée Globe race for the first time on November 8th, 2020 aboard the OMIA – Water Family, weighing anchor on his most daring odyssey to date.