BENJAMIN DOYEN
BENJAMIN DOYEN

BENJAMIN DOYEN

  • 618 Proto
  • On the road again II
  • drapeau FRA M • 24/12/1984 • 36 years old
  • Pole Mini La Rochelle
  • drapeau FRA M24/12/198436 years old
  • Pole Mini La Rochelle

Portrait

Born in the suburbs of Paris, Benjamin Doyen is one of many who travelled across the oceans, seas and river through the TV show Thalassa. And also one of many who first discovered the ocean thanks to the reports by Georges Pernoud before deciding to make their careers of it. “When I was 20 years old, I decided to leave the Paris region and I moved to La Rochelle where I obtained a State Certification. After a few years as a sailing and land-sailing instructor, and after a few small regattas, I started getting attracted to the open ocean” explains the sailor. The idea of doing the Mini Transat first came to his mind during a transatlantic cruise, and definitely stuck when he helped Gilles Avril build his Mini 6.50. “I had my first races on the circuit with him back in 2011 and 2013” recalls Benjamin, who then put everything on pause for quite some time when he started a new career as a salesman in the nautical industry, before launching his own project. “Looking for sponsors, getting your hands full of carbon fiber… It’s part of the deal, and the reward is having fun at the helm” explains the skipper of “On The Road Again”, a 2006 Finot design on which he finished 9th on Les Sables – Les Açores en Baie de Morlaix, and then 5th on the Marie-Agnès Peron Trophy in 2020. “Stars seem to strangely align once in a while. Last year I lost my job at Gréement Import who didn’t survive the Covid-19 crisis. But today it gives me the time I need to prepare this Mini Transat”, he says. Benjamin did everything he could to put together a reasonable project. “My goal is for the project to be viable both financially and technically” says the sailor whose goal is a Top-10 finish in Guadeloupe. “Confrontation is the best way to push your limits. And offshore, nothing is ever definitive. It’s one of the reasons I’m here.

Palmares

On the road again II

His boat

  • Boat Number: 618
  • Boat Race Name: On the road again II
  • Category: Proto
  • Building year: 2006
  • Architecte : Finot
  • Énergie à bord: Panneaux solaires et pile à combustible

Label Bleue

  • Ecole Eric Tabarly, 44760 Les Moutiers en Retz

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