- M • 28/07/1968 • 53 years old
A period of study at the famous Ecole des Glénans sailing school inspired Stéphan Guérin to go out and purchase his own craft, a 7.70-metre sailing boat, racking up miles and experience at a phenomenal speed by completing an 11,000-mile looped circuit of the Atlantic singlehanded. It was during this voyage, whilst stopping off in Lanzarote, that he crossed paths with a bunch of sailors participating in the Mini Transat, shortly before they set sail on their second leg. “We chatted together and they asked me what I was doing there. I told them that I too was about to make the crossing, alone, with my tiny little sailboat. When they replied: “well, why aren’t you with us?” a little seed started to germinate in my brain and here I am today…”, explains the skipper, who made his race debut in 2018, before deciding to have a second more serious crack of the whip from 2020.
His aims in the Mini Transat – EuroChef? “To feel that I have earned a place here, to rediscover the thrill of sailing offshore which I’m really missing, and to finish of course”, admits the sailor, who specialises in computer-generated visual effects for cinema, television and advertising. “My job involves making spaceships, scary or funny monsters or replacing a ‘green screen’ with a larger-than-life view across Venice’s Grand Canal… In short, I’m a professional in lying through image!” he jokes, having found it rather a struggle at times to juggle his very demanding professional activity and his Mini 6.50 campaign.
However, as is the case with everything he undertakes, he intends to do the best he can and perhaps bag a Top 10 spot, even if he has an 18-year-old boat, which was destined for the scrap heap when he picked her up.
- Boat Number: 427
- Boat Race Name: Birvidik
- Category: Proto
- Building year: 2003
- Architecte: Pierre Rolland
- Énergie à bord: Panneaux solaires et pile à combustible
- École Élémentaire Echillais, 17620 Echillais
- Facebook: Stéphan et Birvidik sur l'Atlantique