SÉBASTIEN ROGUES AND ENGIE SAIL INTO A NEW SEASON

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Set up only recently, the GC32 Racing Tour is a spectacular circuit for foiling catamarans which brings together technology, innovation and performance. It is on this demanding circuit that Sébastien Rogues has chosen to fly the Engie colours. For the third season, the GC32 attracts more and more renowned sailors from around the world resulting in a very high standard of 2016 entrants. For this new challenge, young talent joins Sébastien Rogues aboard the flying catamaran and are continuously training to be ready for the first event to be held in Austria mid may.

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2016 – A VERY INTENSE AND COMPETITIVE SEASON

Following one year gaining experience on the GC32, Sébastien Rogues returns to race on the boat he is particularly fond of. The 2016 GC32 Racing Tour will be the focal point this year, gathering talented sailors from all over the world. An incredible opportunity for Sébastien Rogues who, for this new challenge, brings in new team members, determined to give their best at each event. For this 2016 season, the GC32 will continue to be skippered by Sébastien Rogues at the helm alongside Jean Baptiste Gellee as mainsail trim, Gurvan Bontemps as mainsail trim and tactician, Antoine Joubert as headsail trim and finally Christophe Carbonnières as bowman, who was already on board in 2015. The teams experience will help see ENGIE evolve and progress throughout the year.

“By building this team we want to improve on performance at each event. Fitness is really important for this type of boat and that is why we go for talented sailors ready for the challenge. This season will be tougher than 2015 with fantastic venues that will be well suited to the GC32. We have solid grounding and will do our very best. With at least 10 entries and the top names in international sailing, the level is set to rise,” admits Sébastien Rogues.

With 5 events in the GC32 program plus a “special event” in the season opener, in order to stay as focused as possible for his role as skipper helmsman, Sébastien Rogues has decided to perfect his training sessions throughout the year on another flying catamaran, the Flying Phantom, allowing him to hone the skills needed to “fly” sail.

Sébastien Rogues and his crew officially start the 2016 season at the Alp Challenge, which will take place on Lake Traunsee in Austria from 12th to 15th May, and which already looks exciting.

THE CREWS WORDS

Gurvan Bontemps : “We can’t wait to go and race against the other teams. The level will be high but for now we continue our teamwork on the boat. We continually train to hone skills and work hard on final adjustments.”

Christophe Carbonnières : “It’s a real experience to be on board and on the physical front, we are well trained. The atmosphere is very good- a perfect combination and I think we all want to get racing. This is a great human adventure. We will be living together a long time and it is important that everything works perfectly.”

Jean Baptiste Gellee : “I am very proud to join the Team ENGIE for the 2016 season. This is my first experience on foils and my position on the mainsail is very interesting. The competition is amazing and I’m really looking forward to it.”

Antoine Joubert : “The human side of this adventure is exciting. The crew is really connected, open and relaxed. This is will be an exciting and intense season, spent aboard a boat that provides a very unique sailing experience. Let the first event begin!”

2016 CALENDAR

“Special Event”
GC32 Alps Challenge Traunsee – Gmunden – Lake Traunsee (Austria) : Thursday 12th May to Sunday 15th May

Races
GC 32 RIVA CUP – Riva del Garda – Lake Garda (Italy): Thursday 26th to Sunday 29th May
GC32 MALCESINE CUP / The Foiling Week – Malcesine – Lake Garda (Italy): Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th July
35th Copa del Rey Mapfre – Palma de Mallorca (Spain): Wednesday 3rd to Saturday 6th August
TBC: 22nd to 25th September
One Design Marseille – Marseille (France): 13th to 16th October

PARTICIPATING TEAMS?

ARGO – Jason Carroll (USA)
ARMIN STROM Sailing Team – Flavio Marazzi (SUI)
Gunvor Sailing – TBA
NORAUTO Racing – Franck Cammas (FRA)
Realteam – Jérôme Clerc (SUI)
Spindrift racing – Yann Guichard (FRA)
Team ENGIE – Sébastien Rogues (FRA)
Team Tilt – Sébastien Schneiter (SUI)
Team Umpirex – Laurent Lenne (FRA)

SÉBASTIEN ROGUES – CV

At almost 30 years old, Sébastien, from La Baule and a member of the La Baule Yacht Club, already has a great track record, with top podiums spots and victories over the years in the mini 6.50 and Class40.

2015
– 5th Bullitt GC32 Racing Tour (crew – GC 32)
– 4th Marseille One Design (crew – GC 32)
– 5th Trofeo di Roma Cup (crew – GC 32)
– 4th Kiel Cup (crew – GC 32)
– 21st Tour de France Sailing Race (crewed – Diam 24)
– 4th Cowes Cup (crew – GC 32)
– 4th Grand Prix of Austria (crew – GC 32)
– 10th Grand Prix of the Ecole Navale de Brest (crew – Diam 24)
– 20th Atlantic Grand Prix (crew – Diam 24)
– 7th Spi Ouest-France (crew – Diam 24)
– 7th Martinique Cata Raid (double handed with Matthew Souben – F18 catamaran)

2014
– 2nd in Marseille One Design (crew – foil catamaran GC32)
– 1st Qualification SNSM Solidaire (solo – Class40) and qualified for the Route du Rhum
– 1st Normandy Channel Race (double handed with Bertrand Castelnérac – Class40)
– 1st Tour de Belle-Île (crew – Class40)
– 1st Grand Guyader (crew – Class40)
– Withdrawal of the Route du Rhum on technical damage, after 3 days of racing in pole

2013 season in Class40
– 1st in the Transat Jacques Vabre (double handed)
– 1st in the Rolex Fastnet Race Class40 (crewed)
– 1st in the Sables-Horta-Les Sable (double handed)
– 1st in the Record SNSM (crewed)
– 1st in the Armen Race (crewed)
– 1st in of the Guyader Grand Price (crewed)

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