- M • 24/08/1983 • 38 years old
Following his first participation in the Mini Transat in 2015, which resulted in a 20th place among the production boats, Victor Turpin is this year returning to the helm of a prototype. A Lombard-design that was previously sailed by Stanislas Maslard and Clément Machetel, Victor took the reins in 2018 by way of a replacement for his old Pogo 2.
“My first experience was an absolute delight. I adored spending so much time at sea, alone on my boat. I’m naturally keen to relive that, albeit on a more demanding boat, so I feel as if I’m making progress”, explains the former sailing instructor, who is now an oceanographer at the Brest-based operations centre for ocean observation in north-west France, which relies on the support of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission and the World Meteorological Organisation.
“What attracts me are the adventure and competition aspects. Both elements are important for me. As such, I hope not only that I’ll enjoy myself, but also that I can give my all so I can be sure I have no regrets at the end”, assures the skipper of Pays d’Iroise, who has systematically finished in the Top 10 in every race he’s participated in this season, even securing a podium place in the Mini Fastnet, double-handed with Antoine Perrin. “A Top 5 spot is my prime target in the overall ranking.”
- Boat Number: 850
- Boat Race Name: Pays d'Iroise
- Category: Proto
- Building year: 2013
- Architecte: Lombard
- Énergie à bord: Panneaux solaires et générateur
- École Kerzouar, 29290 Saint Renan
- Ecole François Mitterrand, 29830 Ploudalmézeau