- M • 18/11/1954 • 66 years old
At 66 years old, Pierre Meilhat is one of the oldest sailors in this 23rd edition of the Mini Transat.
“I’m aware that at my age I’m not going to make a career in this Class. I’m coming back to my first love and enjoy myself all while having a part in a good cause” explains the sailor from Locmiquélic, who 27 years after his first participation is coming back with a big smile. “In 1993, after winning the prologue in Madeira, I sadly dismasted off the Canaries. Regularly, my brain replays the scene of the spar falling down, which put a halt to my dream” recalls Pierre.
When he got back to the mainland, he originally thought that he’d quickly get back on his feet to achieve his goal, but life had other plans for him. As of today, much of the story has yet to be written. After years dedicated to his family life, the sailor is back at the helm of a Mini. He bought a Pogo 2 from Capucine Trochet, a boat christened The Taste of Life, which is the name of an association where businesses commit to financing solidarity-driven associations as well as the Mini project. “By joining us on this adventure, the partners are helping other associations that share their values of benevolence, sharing, fight for equality and against discriminations” says Pierre. He is determined to prove that in life, things aren’t just possible, they are also achievable with unifying energy.
“I want to prove to all those fatalists, to those that have lost their taste of action and sense of commitment, but also to those that are waiting and who are depending – whether they know it or not – on a system, that anything is possible with your own means if you truly believe in it” he declares. His biggest upcoming challenges? Finding the right balance between his physical abilities and those of his boat to be able to fight as best as he can with what is at his disposal.
- Boat Number: 485
- Boat Race Name: Le Goût de la Vie
- Category: Serie
- Building year: 2004
- Modèle: Pogo 2
- Énergie à bord: Panneaux solaires et hydro générateur
- Ecole Publique JM Georgeault, 56570 Locmiquelic
- Collège saint Dominique, 97160 Le moule