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“Taking up the very essence of my passion”

It all began in a small Alpine village where Félix de Navacelle grew up and developed a taste for skiing and the countryside. At 10 years of age, he left the mountains for a very good reason. “My family took me around the world on a yacht for 5 years”, he says. “I haven’t left the helm of this new passion since that time. Before he’d even heard the name “Mini-Transat”, the sight of an old Mini on the dock in Port Moselle in New Caledonia already had me in raptures.”

Marked by this initiatory voyage, Félix de Navacelle amassed a great deal of experience whilst honing a fine career in naval architecture. “After several years working alongside Philippe Briand, I felt the need to take up with the very essence of my passion: the open ocean, competition and adventure”, he explains. And so it was that he set himself the challenge of completing the Mini-Transat, a race for which he has all the tools to post a great performance, as evidenced by his 2nd place in Les Sables-Les Açores-Les Sables in 2018. Though he’ll be competing on a production boat (a Pogo 3), Félix is managing to satisfy his interest for both innovation and development. “I’ve developed an interior lounger for a good, restorative sleep and several other minor details, which I hope will help set me apart in the long run”, he tells us.

Nautical track record:

- Circumnavigation of the globe with family on an Ovni 41
- 2002-2006: J80 skipper
- 2007: Delivery trip Brest-Lisbon
- 2007: Training with the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron
- 2013: Participation in the World J70 Championship
- Participations in races on the Mini circuit in 2018 (2nd Les Sables-Les Açores-Les Sables) and 2019 (2nd in the Pornichet Select)