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LES ALPHAS, Léo Debiesse’s Mini 6.50, christened by Isabelle Autissier

At 14:00 hours this Saturday, the Mini 6.50 flying the flag of Les Alphas, a method for enabling children to learn to read published by Récréalire, was christened dockside on the Vendée Globe pontoon with numerous guests in attendance, as well as her skipper, Léo Debiesse, and her christener, the sailor Isabelle Autissier, who is also a writer and the honorary president of WWF-France.


It’s absolutely wonderful that Léo is competing in the Mini Transat because it really is a fabulous event. I’ve done it and it drove me crazy. I’d never competed in a race before, even on a sailing dinghy. It was the first time I’d taken the start of a race and it all went swimmingly. When Léo came sailing aboard my boat for the first time during a crewed passage back from Ushuaïa, he was just 18 years of age. He was still just a kid. He was fantastic. He was interested in everything, he was very observant, he just got it completely… I’m proud to christen his Mini 6.50. That’s what handing things down to the next generation is all about and I’m going to really relish following his progress during his race”, commented one of France’s legendary sailors who, it’s worth noting, finished third in the Mini Transat in 1987.


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