- M • 03/05/2002 • 19 years old
At 19 years of age, Basile Bourgnon may well be the youngest competitor in this Mini Transat – EuroChef 2021, but his maturity and his experience are rather impressive to say the least. “I’ve grown up amongst boats. I sailed around the world on a catamaran for seven years with my family, which enabled me to discover the open ocean”, explains the young man from the Morbihan in south-west Brittany. The son of the famous sailor Laurent Bourgnon, double champion of the legendary Route du Rhum in 1994 and 1998, Basile has a very good grasp of all the responsibilities incumbent on a skipper and it’s certainly fair to say that he has plenty of pluck.
In 2018, aged just 15 at the time, he put together a Diam 24 campaign in the Tour de France à la Voile. “Completing every phase, managing the budget, communication and technical preparation… having already managed all that once before has saved me a massive amount of time with my Mini 6.50 campaign, but above all I’m fortunate to be surrounded by people I trust, like Emmanuel Le Roch, with whom I was lucky enough to compete in my first transatlantic passage within the scope of the Transat Jacques Vabre 2017, as well as Bertrand Dumazy, CEO of the Edenred group, who has encouraged me to make a beeline for the Mini to learn about solo offshore sailing”, explains the skipper, French Open 5.70 champion in 2016 and 2017, who reasonably had hopes of launching a competitive campaign.
“I’m joining the fray to perform well, but without putting too much pressure on my shoulders. I think I’m in with a chance of finishing in the Top 5, but to do that I’ll have to avoid amassing too much technical damage, the likes of which I’ve often suffered during the pre-season races”, says Basile, second in the Mini en Mai this year. “For me, this event will be more than a technical learning experience. I hope it will also be a great springboard for my future ambitions on the Figaro Bénéteau circuit.”
- Boat Number: 975
- Boat Race Name: Eden red
- Category: Serie
- Building year: 2018
- Modèle: Maxi
- Énergie à bord: Panneaux solaires
- École Henry Dunant, 77230 Dammartin en Goele