Alan Roberts is a professional sailor who has risen up the ranks in the short handed sailing world to become of the the top sailors in the world.
Competing in the highly professional and competitive Figaro Class Alan has gained vast amounts of experience through hard time spent on the water resulting in multiple podiums and winner of the VIVI Trophy for top International in the Figaro class. As well as building up a reputation of delivering returns for sponsorship, shown by their continual commitment to Alan Roberts Racing.
Alan's ambition is to compete in the 2024 Vendée Globe following in the foot steps of previous Vendée Globe winners through the Figaro class.
Having sailed a variety of dinghy classes, sports boats and keel boats where he has gained a reputation for being a hard worker with a very focused, methodical mind-set. This has led him to five UK National Championship titles, two Endeavour Champion of Champions wins.
With a degree in Naval Architecture and background in composite boat building, Alan has a rounded skill set including rigging, designing and building. His understanding of the theoretical side of sailing and thirst to learn keeps him at the front of the fleet.
Born: 12th March 1990
Lives: Southampton, UK
Other Interests: Sport, Competition, Engineering, Yacht Design, Trail Running, Cycling, Boxing, Swimming, kayaking and Paddle Boarding.
Eight seasons in Figaro class since 2014
Over 70,000 miles racing Solo offshore
2 x Transatlantic races short handed
Top results in Figaro
VIVI Trophy Winner 'First International' x 2
Best Solitaire du Figaro leg result 3rd
Best Championship du France en Solitaire 8th
Solo Concarneau 2nd & 3rd
Solo Normandie 3rd
Solo Maître CoQ 2nd & 3rd
Solitaire du Figaro Etap 3 2021 3rd
Tour du Bretange Etaps 2 & 7 2nd
Solitaire du Figaro prologue 1st , 2nd & 3rd
Tour du bretange prologue 1st
Bouée Radio France x 2
Where does Alan train?
Pôle Finistère Course au Large, the world's leading solo offshore training centre located in Port la Forêt, France
Hugo Boss 2019 & 2020
Yann Eliès 2018
Yoann Richomme 2017
What other classes has Alan competed in?
International 14 - Multiple cup wins
Merlin Rocket x 2 national championships
XOD - Centenary winner
RS200 x 1 national championship
Maltese Falcon - Winner of Parini cup (nav)
J122 - winner of class RORC 600
Endevour trophy x 2 wins
Fastnet - Volvo 70 - 3rd mono hull & 1st in class
Awards & Honours
Honorary member of RSYC
Artemis Offshore Academy
Awarded Frank Heenan Award Royal Southern YC
Awarded Light Foot Trophy Royal Southern YC