BIO

Logo-04 “Alex Pella is one of the best seamen of his generation. Excellent sailor and skilled yachtsman, Alex owns admirable human qualities, which in a demanding regatta such as the Vendée Globe, are a very important asset. It would be a great pleasure and honour for the Vendée Globe to have Alex in the race. I have had the pleasure to work with Alex on several occasions and await with enthusiasm the enrolment of a Spanish team in the Vendée Globe”.

Denis Horeau, Director for the Vendée Globe 

“Alex Pella has become the mirror in which many sailors should look into. Silently, he has climbed to the crest of the wave and now wishes to ride it”.

Theresa Zabell de Lucas . Vicepresident  of the Spanish Olympic Committee. Double Olympic Gold medallist.

Alex Pella Valette was born in Barcelona on the 2nd of November 1972, within a nautical environment and a sailing family. Second of four brothers, who have all made boats and sailing their profession, he began to sail as a very young boy aboard his family’s yacht.

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David, Alex, Borja and Nacho: The “Pella” brothers aboard the “Pepus IV”

To date, Alex has sailed on all kinds of racing boats, from the light Mini 650 to the most sophisticated Maxi-Trimarans.

MINI-01

Start Mini Transat 650 2005, La Rochelle

PRINCE

Route des Princes 2013, Lorient

NYC

Record New York – Barcelona, New York, 2010

MINI-03

Start Mini Transat 650 2007, La Rochelle

Over the years, Alex has specialised in offshore sailing with a reduced crew; particularly double and single handed. His sporting career is as broad and varied as his capacity to string projects and regattas together.

SOLITAIRE-01

Filming “Turning Tide”, Lorient, 2012

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Alex Pella & François Cluzet

Due to his experience, he became selected out of various international skippers, by the Film Production Company Gaumont, as skipper for the film “Turning Tide” (En Solitaire), which is about the Vendée Globe round-the-world race and stars the famous French actor François Cluzet.

IDEC

Aboard the “IDEC Sport” – Jules Verne Trophy, 2016

OMAN-SAIL

Aboard the “Musandam Oman-Sail”, Round Ireland Record, 2015

BEL

Aboard the “Groupe Bel”, Port Camargue, 2012

Alex has been a professional sailor for over 10 years, in which he has completed more than 300.000 nautical miles. He discovered his passion for offshore single-handed sailing at the end of the 90’s while preparing two Spanish boats for the “Solitaire du Figaro”. In his first internationally renowned race -the legendary “Mini Transat 650”– Alex Pella obtained the best classifications in history for a non-French skipper. He was third in 2003 and second in 2005, winning the long leg from the Canary Islands to Brazil. He thus became the first and only Spanish to win a leg in a transoceanic solo race.

MINI-02

Start Mini Transat 650 2003, La Rochelle

MINI-04

Finish Mini Transat 650 2005, Salvador de Bahia

Almost 10 years later and after having competed in all kinds of sailing boats, IMOCA, oceanic multihulls; on November 2014 Alex wrote himself into the history books, when he won the legendary Route du Rhum against 43 other competitors and became the first and only Spanish to win a transoceanic single-handed regatta.

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Route du Rhum, 2014

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Route du Rhum, 2014

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Victory Route du Rhum, Guadeloupe, 2014

SPORTING CAREER

2017
Jules Verne Trophy, absolute round-the-world speed sailing record, circunnavigation in 40 days, 23 hours, 30 minutes and 30 seconds, aboard the “IDEC Sport” of Francis Joyon”
South Indian Ocean Record in 5 days, 21 hours, 7 minutes and 45 seconds, aboard the “IDEC Sport”
South Pacific Ocean Record in 7 days, 21 hours, 13 minutes and 31 seconds, aboard the “IDEC Sport”
Equator to Equator Record in 29 days, 9 hours, 10 minutes and 55 seconds, aboard the “IDEC Sport”

2016
Jules Verne Trophy, round-the-world speed sailing record attempt, circunnavigation in 47 days, 14 hours and 47 minutes, aboard the “IDEC Sport” of Francis Joyon
Substitute of the Vendée Globe, round-the-world, single-handed regatta, for the French skipper Kito de Pavant
Circuit IMOCA 60
Abandon Transat Québec – Saint-Maló, capsized aboard the “MOD70 Musandam Oman-Sail
Classic Yachts Circuit, abordo the S&S Sparkman & Stephens “Galvana” of The Pella Brothers

2015
Indian Ocean Record in 6 days, 23 hours and 4 minutes, aboard the ”IDEC Sport”, between Cape Agulhas in South Africa (20°East) and South East Cape in Tasmania (146°49 East)
Round Ireland Sailing Record in 40 hours, 51 minutes and 57 seconds, aboard the “MOD 70 Musandam-Oman Sail”
1st Sailing Arabia – The Tour, aboard the “EFG Bank (Monaco)” of Sidney Gavignet

2014
1st Route du Rhum, aboard the “Tales II
Record Route du Rhum – Class40 in 16 days, 17 hours, 47 minutes and 8 seconds, aboard the “Tales II”
First and only Spanish to win a transoceanic single-handed regatta
Class 40 Circuit

2013
Class 40 Circuit
2nd Transat Jacques Vabre (Transoceanic double-handed regatta), aboard the “Tales II” of Gonzalo Botín
Oceanic Multihull Circuit
1st Around Europe, Route des Princes, aboard the Maxi-Trimaran, “Prince de Bretagne 80” of Lionel Lemonchois

2012
IMOCA 60 Circuit
4th Around Europe, Europa Warm’UP, aboard the “Groupe Bel” of Kito de Pavant
Substitute of the Vendée Globe, round-the-world, single-handed regatta, for the French skipper Kito de Pavant
Skipper of the IMOCA 60 “DCNS” for the film “Turning Tide” (“En Solitaire”), with the famous French actor Fraçois Cluzet

2011
IMOCA 60 Circuit
4th Barcelona World Race (round-the-world, double-handed regatta, 30.000 miles), aboard the “Estrella Damm”

2010
IMOCA 60 Circuit
3rd Vuelta a España, with crew, aboard the “Estrella Damm”
Record New York – Barcelona in 12 days, 6 hours, 3 minutes and 48 seconds, aboard the “Estrella Damm
1st Class 40 World Championships, aboard the “TALES” of Gonzalo Botín

2009
IMOCA 60 Circuit
4th Istambul Europa Race, aboard the “Virbac Paprec” of Jean Pierre Dick
5th Transat Jacques Vabre (Transoceanic double-handed regatta), aboard the “W Hotels”

2008
Class 40 Circuit, double-handed, aboard the “Tales” of Gonzalo Botín
2nd Class 40 World Championships

2007
Record Denia – Ibiza in 5 hours, 38 minutes and 11 seconds, aboard the “Generalitat Valenciana”
Mini Transat 6.50 Circuit, single-handed, aboard the “Generalitat Valenciana”
Abandon Mini Transat 6.50 after dismasting near Cape Verde

2006
Med Cup Circuit TP 52, aboard the “BRIBÓN”, skipped by S.M. Juan Carlos I
Mini Transat 6.50 Circuit, single-handed, aboard the “OpenSea”

2005
2nd Mini Transat 6.50 (International Transoceanic single-handed regatta, 90 participants), aboard the “OpenSea-TeamWork”
First and only Spanish to win a leg of a transoceanic single-handed regatta
Mini Transat 6.50 aboard the “OpenSea”

2004
IMS Circuit aboard the “Azur de Puig” skipped by S.A.R la Infanta Cristina
Mini Transat 6.50 Circuit aboard the “Open Sea”, double and single-handed
Preparation ORMA 60 “GITANA” Trimaran

2003
3rd Mini Transat 6.50 (International Transoceanic single-handed regatta, 90 participants) aboard the “Santiveri-Texknit”
First Spanish podium on a single-handed transoceanic regatta
Mini Transat 6.50 Circuit, aboard the “Sampaquita”

 

AWARDS

Selected Best Spanish Sailor Year 2014
Trophée Course Open UNCL (Union Nationale pour la Course au Large) Year 2014
Selected Best Spanish Sailor Year 2013
Selected Best Spanish Sailor Year 2003

 

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