• 346 Proto
  • Alice
  • drapeau FRA M • 19/05/1972 • 50 years old
  • Nantes
  • drapeau FRA M19/05/197250 years old
  • Nantes


Measuring 1m98 in height, Franck Lauvray doesn’t go unnoticed, especially given the fact that the guy has a strong temperament and a caustic wit. I’m a man in a hurry and someone innovative”, claims the skipper, who initially planned to take part in the transatlantic on a boat he’d built in his own image. “That’s how I became interested in the Class Mini 6.50, a genuine laboratory for research, performance and innovation. Using my passion for very technical elements, I began to devise and design a prototype. However, I didn’t manage to get it to the build phase, so I then decided to purchase number 346, a Manuard design which, though nice and reliable after four Mini Transats, needed to be updated a little to cross the Atlantic again”, explains the sailor from Orvault in the Loire-Atlantique, who was keen to take part in the Mini Transat before his 50th birthday.

Crossing the Atlantic singlehanded is something I’ve always dreamt of”, explains Franck, who has already completed a transatlantic passage in crewed configuration in 2017, and whose nautical CV is as long as your arm. “I’ve been sailing in crewed format for 30 years on an amateur level and sometimes in the shadow of the big-name sailors who get a lot of media coverage”, explains the maintenance manager. Included on his track record are three victories in the Spi Ouest France (1991, 1992 and 2010), two in the RORC (1991 and 1992 and one in the famous Fastnet Race (1991), as well as two European 6mR champion titles (1994 and 1995) and numerous participations in the international J24, J80, Dragon and 12mR events. What would be a great Mini Transat for him? Qualifying is already a first ‘phew’ stage. Making it all the way across would be another!”


His boat

  • Boat Number: 346
  • Boat Race Name: Alice
  • Category: Proto
  • Building year: 2001
  • Architecte : Manuard - Roubinet

Label Bleue

  • École élémentaire Josette Cornec, 29460 Daoulas

His project

  • Son projet Mini Transat :



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