- M • 26/07/1970 • 52 years old
- Port of Galway (Ireland)
Between 1996 and 2001, Yannick Lemonnier raced on the very demanding Figaro Bénéteau circuit, which at the time saw him vying with the likes of Franck Cammas, Michel Desjoyeaux, Jean Le Cam, Pascal Bidégorry and Armel Le Cléac’h, among others. It was during the famous Solitaire du Figaro editions he competed in that he met the woman who would go on to become his wife, during a stopover in Ireland. He fell completely head over heels for her and promptly dropped everything in France and moved over to the Emerald Isle where he has lived and managed the Westsails sail loft for the past ten years.
It’s the stuff of fairy tales then, yet his dream of crossing the Atlantic singlehanded and participating in the Mini Transat continues to roll around in his head. “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and ultimately I ended up on a Figaro by ‘accident’. It’s also by ‘accident’ that, together with a mate from New Zealand, who is the director of a yard, the Mini 6.50 number 78 was purchased and completely fixed up, before being replaced by the 491, my current prototype. Today, all the ingredients have finally come together to do the race!” explains the skipper of Port of Galway, a Manuard design initially built for Mikaël Mergui, for the Mini Transat 2005.
“I know that my old boat is no longer a contender for the Top 10. However, I’ve already sailed 9,000 miles on her, which means I’ve got a good feel for her and I’ve already pinpointed the competitors I’ll be able to slug it out with. There’s going to be several races within the race”, enthuses the sailor originally from the Charente in western France, who typically adopts a glass half full rather than half empty approach to life.
- Mini en mai - 31st
- Archipelago 6.50 - 6th
- Boat Number: 491
- Boat Race Name: Port of Galway
- Category: Proto
- Building year: 2004
- Type: D50
- Architecte: Sam Manuard
- Énergie à bord: Panneaux solaires et pile à combustible
- Calasanctius College, Oranmore, Co Galway