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Sailing Dream Team 09 November 2022

2022 Route du Rhum: Emmanuel Le Roch eyes top 10 finish in the Edenred Class40

On November 9, Emmanuel Le Roch set sail in the 12th Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe sailing race, competing at the helm of the Edenred Class40, launched in June 2021. This will be the Edenred skipper’s second time taking part in the legendary event. In light of his 2022 season performance, his goal this time around is to finish in the top 10 of the 55 competitors in the Class40 category.

The Route du Rhum – another shot at the dream

‘Impossible’ is not a word in 50-year-old entrepreneur and sailor Emmanuel Le Roch’s vocabulary. He had his first taste of his childhood dream when he competed for Edenred in the 2018 Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe.

It’s so great to be in Saint-Malo today for my second Route du Rhum. I’ve been training for this professionally, but it’s such a big event that I still feel like a kid just thinking about it. The buzz around the docks, the sailors and the boats is just as intense year after year.” 

Le Roch’s partnership with Edenred has been stepped up since the last Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe, with the sailor taking part in four seasons on the Class40 circuit, including two Transat Jacques Vabre races.
The Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe has special significance for Edenred’s teams and for Emmanuel Le Roch. The previous event in 2018 marked the beginning of our journey with a skipper whose entrepreneurial background reflects Edenred’s values. Emmanuel and his fellow Team Edenred members Basile Bourgnon and Peyo Cremades have proved that hard work, determination and self-sacrifice can lead to great achievements,” says Bertrand Dumazy, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Edenred Group. 


Emmanuel Le Roch’s achievements and ambitions

Since taking the helm of the new-generation Class40, Le Roch has demonstrated́ his determination and competitive skills by finishing in the top 10 in every event he has participated in. 

I like to throw myself into everything I do and the pressure of the sporting challenge pushes me to give it my all. I’ve had the opportunity to get to know this new Class40, benefiting from the experience of other sailors like Fred Duthil and Alexis Loison, who I sailed with this year. My fifth-place finish in the Class40 European Trophy is proof that hard work pays off. Now, I’ve got my sights set on a good ranking in the Route du Rhum,” says Le Roch, who has been training at the Orlabay center in La Trinité-sur-Mer since the beginning of the year. 

The sporting caliber is high. Some of the best Figaro sailors on the circuit are taking part. Team Edenred has given itself the means to perform well, and I’m taking the helm with the aim of finishing in the top 10. That would be the best 50th birthday present of all,” says the Edenred skipper.



Edenred is a leading digital platform for services and payments and the everyday companion for people at work, connecting more than 52 million users and 2 million partner merchants in 45 countries via close to 1 million corporate clients.

Edenred offers specific-purpose payment solutions for food (such as meal benefits), incentives (such as gift cards, employee engagement platforms), mobility (such as multi-energy, maintenance, toll, parking and commuter solutions) and corporate payments (such as virtual cards). 

True to the Group’s purpose, “Enrich connections. For good.”, these solutions enhance users’ well-being and purchasing power. They improve companies’ attractiveness and efficiency, and vitalize the employment market and the local economy. They also foster access to healthier food, more environmentally friendly products and softer mobility.

Edenred’s 10,000 employees are committed to making the world of work a connected ecosystem that is safer, more efficient and more responsible every day. 
In 2022, thanks to its global technology assets, the Group managed some €38 billion in business volume, primarily carried out via mobile applications, online platforms and cards.

Edenred is listed on the Euronext Paris stock exchange and included in the following indices: CAC 40 ESG, CAC Next 20, CAC Large 60, Euronext 100, FTSE4Good and MSCI Europe.

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