Team ENGIE’s foiling catamaran (©Jesus Renedo)
Calm and impatient, these were Sébastien’s words before his departure for Marseille, where the last event of the season in the GC32 catamaran will be played out, and moreover where Team ENGIE’s GC32 will make its last appearance. After three years on this demanding, ultra-competitive and intense circuit, the skipper from La Baule and ENGIE have chosen not to continue on the GC32 circuit.
“We cannot wait and the waters of Marseille will be a wonderful setting for our last races on the GC32. There will also be a touch of nostalgia, as for the past three years we have been living an incredible adventure on this extraordinary boat. We are very focused and we especially want to sail our best race yet to get onto the podium. This will require a perfect race. It is back in Marseille that everything began in 2014 and it is here that the story in our GC32 will end. We are coming to the end of a very beautiful adventure. For Marseille, we are going to install an electronics pack with our partner SAP, which will allow us to collect even more data and gain further understanding of the practice of foiling.
We have a small change on board because unfortunately Benjamin Amiot has been injured and we are lucky to welcome on board a young sailor from the Team France Youth selection, Jean Baptiste Ducamin. Giving youth a chance makes sense to us and we are delighted to take him on board for this extreme adventure. He will take Benjamin’s place as foil trimmer and bowman. This decision taken with the coach Bertrand Dumortier is important, especially since Bertrand coached Jean-Baptiste in previous selections. I am convinced that his youth and his enthusiasm combined with his professionalism will be a plus for us out on the water,” confided Sébastien.
Sébastien Rogues, Gurvan Bontemps, Jean Baptiste Gellée and Antoine Joubert will make up the crew with the young recruit Jean-Baptiste Ducamin for this last event, which the young sailor from Arcachon Bay is highly enthusiastic about. “I am very honoured to be able to sail with Team ENGIE in Marseille. I was fortunate to take part in the Team France Youth selections and to be selected in the last 8. We were able to sail the AC45 in Bermuda, but being here in the midst of these professional crews is a real bonus. There is a great cohesion between the team members and I think it is fantastic. I cannot wait to be there.”
Accustomed to excellent performances and high standards from teams so far on the circuit, Team ENGIE will have to redouble their efforts to maintain the good results and make sure they finish as many races as possible in the best position. It is a fairly simple equation, but vital in order to climb to third place on the podium. Currently fourth, Team ENGIE is 3 points behind Mamma Aiuto! and has three advantage points over the Malizia crew from Monaco. Every single point will be decisive for the final ranking and the team will give it their all for this last round.
Overall ranking GC32 Racing Tour 2017
1 – Realteam – Switzerland – 7 points
2 – Argo – USA – 9 points
3 – Mamma Aiuto! – Japan – 15 points
4 – Team ENGIE – France – 18 points
5 – Malizia – Monaco Yacht Club – Monaco – 21 points
6 – Movistar – Spain – 25 points
7 – Armin Strom Sailing Team – Switzerland – 29 points
8 – Zoulou – France – 35 points
9 – .film Racing – Australia – 36 points
10 – Codigo Rojo – Argentina – 40 points
Team ENGIE sailing in Calvi (©Jesus Renedo)
2017 GC32 Racing Tour Calendar
Marseille One Design – Marseille (France): Thursday 12th to Sunday 15th October
The GC32 is a 32 feet long foiling catamaran (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, Helm
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 – Tactician
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 – Mainsail Trimmer
At the age of 29, 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)
Benjamin Amiot – Bowman
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…)
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