The disabled skipper Damien Seguin sponsors the 53rd edition of the Solitaire of the Figaro. A nice way to pay tribute to this mythical race that opened the world of offshore racing to him.
Who will dethrone the record of Pierre Quiroga, winner 2021 of the 52nd edition in 14d, 16h, 24 min and 45 seconds? To find out, go to Nantes from August 16 to 20 and from September 7 to 11 at Saint-Nazaire. Over 1979 miles, 34 sailors and their Figaro Beneteau 3 boats will outsmart the pitfalls of a three-leg course. All the boats being identical, only the fighting spirit and the skill of the sailors will make the difference to climb to the top step of the podium. In the absence of Pierre Quiroga, all hopes are allowed for the new generation ready to fight it out! For Damien Seguin, it is a pleasure and an honor to accept the sponsorship of this mythical race which has given wings to his career.
Captain Hook of the Races
Three-time Paralympic Games medalist, five-time world champion and the first disabled skipper to have completed the Vendée globe, Damien Seguin is on the rise despite his disability! The Solitaire du Figaro has indeed marked his sporting career: "The Figaro is the first boat that I worked with when I wanted to start offshore racing and the Solitaire is the first major race in which I participated in 2006. It marks the beginning of my 2nd career after my Paralympic career." This competitor at heart does not lack humor: he makes his handicap a strength and crosses the finish line of the Vendée Globe in 7th position disguised as Captain Hook!
Nantes, Home Port
Licensed in Nantes at Sport Nautique de l'Ouest since the early 2000s, this sponsorship has also been a matter of the heart. Loyal to the club that welcomed him with open arms on his return from Guadeloupe, he knows that his high-level career is anchored to the Loire Atlantique. The SNO Nantes also offered him an ideal platform to develop projects for his association "Feet and hands". Initially created to centralize aid to access offshore racing, it now has the mission of making sailing accessible to as many people as possible, not only within the sports clubs. He will therefore be at home in Nantes to attend the departure on August 16: "the Figaro fleet in the city center with easy access to the public, it's going to be great. I think it's a nice symbol because Nantes has a pretty crazy maritime history".
A Fanfare Arrival in Saint-Nazaire
Between his training sessions in August and September on his Apicil Group, he will happily join legs of this Solitaire du Figaro 2022. And of course, he will attend the final arrival in Saint-Nazaire! For 5 days, the city offers an entertainment program to celebrate the victory of the winner of this 53rd edition. Partner of the edition until 2026, the Loire-Atlantique will raise high the colors of boating! To perhaps welcome back Damien Seguin to the competition: "In 2006 I said that I would come back to this race one day, and the promise still holds! »
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