57 years old



Married, 2 children

Accident and emergency doctor

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And little by little came the Mini...

“The Mini Transat is the objective which gives any Mini project meaning. Deep down, whether I wanted it or not, everything I’ve done since 2014 has paved the way, step by step, towards this transatlantic passage. After six years on the circuit, it’s time for me to go for it!” For Albert Lagneaux, accident and emergency doctor, his participation in the next race between La Rochelle and Le Marin has come as a matter of course and it’s sure to be an adventure he’ll experience to the full.

A well-informed athlete, familiar with half-marathons and hiking on the summits that make up the Alps, the Andes and the Himalayas, Albert has sailed all manner of craft in his time. From family cruises in the Mediterranean, from Greece to Spain, in the Bay of Biscay, as well as making his first foray into racing when he participated in the third Indian Ocean leg of the 2015 Clipper Round The World race aboard the winning boat, he has racked up an eclectic mix of experience.

In 2014, he got his first taste of the Mini 6.50 during the Mini-Fastnet. From that point on, he was smitten! Subsequently, he amassed a series of participations in the various events that make up the class. From 2016, he got together with his compatriot, Jonas Gerkens, one of the big movers and shakers of the circuit right now, who has played a key role in his apprenticeship. He has continued the journey, securing his golden ticket to take part in the big leap across the Atlantic in 2017 at the helm of a Pogo 3. For two years, the accident and emergency doctor from Brussels has demonstrated both patience and tenacity in keeping his project moving forward, his policy being to “always manœuvre with the current, never against it, and to always seek out a source of happiness in whatever he’s undertaking, despite the difficulties.”

Nautical track record

In Mini:
- Mini Fastnet 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2019
- Winner of the double-handed Transgascogne
- Lorient BSM 2016
- Pornichet Select, Trophée MAP and SAS 2018
- Plastimo Lorient 2019