As a preamble to his new season in GC32, Sébastien Rogues and the Team ENGIE crew benefited from very high-level training during two major international events, the GC32 Championship and the first leg of the Extreme Sailing Series which took place in Muscat in the Sultanate of Oman.
VIDEO: Video summary of the Extreme Sailing Series competition in Oman (©Nicolas Raffi)
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The end of the first leg of the Extreme Sailing Series that has just ended in Muscat is synonymous with an initial assessment for Sébastien Rogues. Invited on the ESS, Team ENGIE can de proud of its performance, having won 3 second places and 3 third places. With 27 rounds sailed in 4 days, the intensity of the regattas and the extremely high level of competition was a tremendous opportunity for the team. Competing against teams such as Alinghi, SAP Extreme Sailing Team and Oman Air, reigning world champion, Sébastien and his crew rose to the challenges with impressive style and proved that the French GC32 is an opponent to be watched his year. By finishing sixth, just behind Team Tilt (second in the GC32 Racing Tour in 2016), Team ENGIE continues its solid progress.
Team ENGIE will return to Europe strengthened by this new experience and long navigations with the most high-level crews of this circuit. The first event of the GC32 Racing Tour that Sébastien Rogues, Gurvan Bontemps, Jean Baptiste Gellée, Antoine Joubert and Benjamin Amiot will participate in, will be held in Riva on Lake Garda from Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th May. Just under two months for the beginning of this season which promises to be very interesting.
“This experience for Team ENGIE on the Extreme Sailing Series has been very enriching. It was the first time that we participated in this event. The level is incredible and it is really a plus for the Team to be able to compete against the best in the world, for it was a world championship podium. Our stay in Muscat was amazing and we are eager to take part in the GC32 Racing Tour in less than two months ” confided Sébastien Rogues.
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GC32 Racing Tour
CG 32 RIVA CUP – Riva del Garda – Lake Garda (Italy): Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th May
Event to be confirmed: Wednesday 28th June to Saturday 1st July
36 Copa del Rey Mapfre – Palma de Mallorca (Spain): Wednesday 2nd to Saturday 5th August
Event to be confirmed: Wednesday 13th to Saturday 16th September
Marseille One Design – Marseille (France): Thursday 12th to Sunday 15th October
The GC32 is a foiling catamaran of 32 feet, that is just under 10 meters capable of lifting off the water with 8 knots of wind (Force 2). This little gem of technology is capable of attaining speeds unconceivable still not long ago. Sailing the boat, which is highly technical and very physical, requires the crew to be completely involved.
Sébastien Rogues – Skipper, Helmsman
Born in 1986, Sébastien Rogues started dinghy sailing at the age of 6. In 2007, just turned 21, Sébastien launched his career in high-level sailing with the ambition of becoming a professional skipper. After having acquired his first boat, a Mini 6.50 Pogo 2 series, Sébastien achieved promising results in solo races of the Mini 6.50 circuit. He then started on the highly contested Class 40 circuit, which allowed him to consolidate his offshore experience and clock up some fine victories such as the Transat Jacques Vabre and the Fastnet Race on board his Mach 40 GDF SUEZ. In 2015, Sébastien turned towards multihulls: the trimaran Diam 24 and the catamaran GC32. He was one of the first to embark on the technological shift in the world of competitive sailing today. Sébastien is the first French skipper to have involved his team in the GC32 adventure.The 2016 season presented him the opportunity to put into practice what he learnt during the many competitions against with the world’s elite in multihulls and numerous trainings on other fast boats, mainly on Flying Phantom.
Gurvan Bontemps – Main trimmer, Tactics
Gurvan began his career with the Tornado, with which he did 2 Olympic preparations from 2000 to 2007. He has an impressive F18 record including a second place in the 2014 World Championships, a French Champion title in 2013 and 2014, and a 5th place at the 2013 World Championships. In this discipline, he also won the Martinique Cata Raid 2013-2014. He focused his 2015 season on the Flying Phantom, winning the Raid des Corsaires, Foiling Week and Eurocat. At the same time, Gurvan has participated in numerous sailing projects, including a role as a helmsman, trimmer on the Maxi 80 Prince de Bretagne in 2013, a position as head of the GC32 Gitana Team in 2015, and a helmsman position at the GC32 trainings of Groupama Team France in 2015.
Jean Baptiste Gellée – Trimmer
At the age of 27, Jean-Baptiste has already accumulated over 15 years of competitive sailing, including 8 years of high-level Laser practice. In 2004, he was crowned champion of France Espoir Laser (under 18). In 2006, he finished 4th in the Isaf Youth World Championship. In 2008, he came 4th in the European Youth Championship (under 21). He then joined the France Espoir team, a training team at the highest level that he remained with until 2011. Jean-Baptiste participated in the Tour de France à la Voile for the first time in 2014 aboard the APCC Voile Sportive and finished 2nd in the rookie ranking. Last year, Jean-Baptist was Skipper of the Diam 24 Radio VINCI Autoroutes, on which he ranked 14th.
Antoine Joubert – Headsail Trimmer
Antoine started his career with Formula 18 with two Junior World Championship titles in 2008 and 2009. He also won 7th place in the World Championships in 2011. He then did 3 seasons in M34 with the crew of Courrier Dunkerque where he became the French team champion in 2011, won the Spi Ouest France in 2013 and finished second in the Tour de France à la Voile in 2011 and 2012. In 2015, Antoine did the Diam24 season with Cheminée Poujoulat and the Flying Phantom season with Team Momentys (including a victory in the Geneva Rolle, second place in the Eurocat Carnac alongside Franck Cammas)
Number 1 At 28, Benjamin Amiot brings a solid experience to racing catamarans. At 15, he started competing in Formula 18, which is what he has sailed most on until today. He won the title of world vice-champion in 2014. For the past three years he has been sailing on Flying Phantom and GC32. In 2015, he raced under the colours of the Phantom shipyard, became a crew-member on the GC32 Gitana and Zoulou then trimmer and tactician on the Diam 24 Prince de Bretagne before competing in two Grand Prix on board the D35 Ladycat powered by Spindrift racing.
SÉBASTIEN ROGUES – SAILING HISTORY
Soon to turn 31, the skipper, who is a member of his local Yacht Club de la Baule, has already established an impressive sailing record, gaining a place on podiums and victories for several years in Mini 6.50 and in Class40.
– 5th GC32 Riva Cup (crewed – GC32)
– 8th GC32 Malcesine Cup (crewed – GC32)
– 8th 35 Copa Del Rey (crewed – GC32)
– 3rd La Reserva de Sotogrande (crewed – GC32)
– 5th Marseille One Design (crewed – GC32)
– 5th GC32 Bullitt Racing Tour (crewed – GC32)
– 4th Marseille One Design (crewed – GC32)
– 5th Trofeo di Roma Cup (crewed – GC32)
– 4th Kiel Cup (crewed – GC32)
– 21st Tour de France à la Voile (crewed – Diam 24)
– 4th Cowes Cup (crewed – GC32)
– 4th Austria Grand-Prix (crewed – GC32)
– 10th Grand-Prix de l’École Navale de Brest (crewed – Diam 24)
– 20th Grand-Prix Atlantique (crewed – Diam 24)
– 7th Spi Ouest-France (crewed – Diam 24)
– 7th Martinique Cata Raid (doubles with Matthieu Souben – catamaran F18)
2013 – 2014
– 2nd Marseille One Design (crewed – GC32)
– Winner of races in Class40 (Transat Jacques Vabre, Rolex Fastnet Race, Armen Race, Record SNSM, Grand Prix Guyader…)