Yves Roucher : Disappearance of a figure from the boating world

Yves Roucher, founder of Alubat and former president of the Fédération des Industries Nautiques (French Nautical Industries Federation)

Yves Roucher died on January 7, 2020. In addition to having founded the Alubat shipyard and its famous UFO sailboats, he has made his mark on the world of nautical sports through various commitments. A look back at his yachting career.

Disappearance of Yves Roucher

The nautical entrepreneur Yves Roucher died on the evening of 7 January 2020 at his home in Les Sables d'Olonne. Aged 74, he has left his mark on the French nautical industry and has left his mark on well-known yacht brands.

Founder of the Alubat shipyard

Yves Roucher's main nautical weapon, the creation of the Alubat shipyard in Les Sables d'Olonne gave birth to a French niche: the aluminium sailing boat. With the 1st Ovni 25 in 1974, he created a name that has left its mark on the yachting and the imagination of long-distance sailors. He will remain at the helm of the shipyard until the 2000s.

J Composites and Kirié

Yves Roucher is not satisfied with aluminium. At the end of the 1990s, he joined forces with Didier Le Moal to bring the American J Boats to Europe. After having bought the Kirié shipyard in Vendée, manufacturer of the Feeling yachts, at the helm of the court, he built the J80 for a while as a subcontractor. After leaving the yachting industry by selling all his yards in the mid-2000s, he returned to the sector in 2009 as a shareholder to create J Composites and relaunch the manufacture of American yachts in Les Sables d'Olonne.

A manager involved in the nautical sector

In addition to his involvement in the creation of building sites, Yves Roucher has participated in the representative bodies of the nautical industries. He was elected President of the Nautical Industries Federation, following Annette Roux in 1995. He was also at the head of the Grand Pavois exhibition in La Rochelle.

He was also assistant to Louis Guédon, the mayor of Les Sables d'Olonne, in charge of water sports.