- M • 08/04/1977 • 44 years old
Having made his race debut back in 2005, Christian Kargl is making his Mini Transat comeback this year. “As it’s my second time, I no longer need to prove myself. I can set sail on the adventure much more confidently. As such, I want to really make the most of my crossing and the magical atmosphere that colours Class Mini”, explains the Austrian sailor. For the record, he amassed a series of glitches and had a big scare sixteen years ago due to a prototype that was not in tip-top condition.
“My forestay had broken twice, but the worst thing occurred 35 miles off the Brazilian coast. Keen to help out a fellow competitor, Hugo Ramon, who was in need of food, I was making towards his position when my harness broke just after sunset. I fell overboard with no lifejacket and no light. I knew my chances of survival were virtually zero, but fortunately Hugo diverted his course and came and saved me… I have two birthdays now!”explains the skipper of the Maxi 6.50 All Hands on Deck, who’d really like a Top 10 spot in the overall ranking this time.
He certainly has plenty of talent, because in addition to his meteorology studies, the Founder and CEO of 2SAIL has racked up significant experience on multiple craft. His key achievements include: a Volvo Ocean Race 2008-2009 with Team Russia, a credit in the Guinness Book of Records for the longest distance covered singlehanded in a sports dinghy in 2016, and a champion title in the Mixed Offshore European Championship (L30) sailed double-handed with Lisa Berger in 2019.
- Les Sables - Les Açores en baie de Morlaix - 13th
- Gran Premio d'Italia - 3rd
- Mini Fastnet - 7th
- Trofeu Marina Badalona - 1st
- Transat 6,50 Charente Maritime Bahia - 13th
- Boat Number: 980
- Boat Race Name: All Hands On Deck
- Category: Serie
- Building year: 2018
- Modèle: Maxi 650
- Énergie à bord: Panneaux solaires