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Philippe Poupon

Working as a skipper has always been Philippe Poupon's way of living with the sea, rather than living off the sea. He had long expressed a desire to devote his life one day to exploring the ocean world and its environment, particularly in the polar regions.

Philippe Poupon, a French sailor born in Quimper on October 23, 1954, has worked as a professional skipper for more than 25 years. He was a member of Éric Tabarly's crew on Pen Duick VI during the Whitbread 1977-1978 Round the World Race, and his remarkable list of achievements has distinguished him as the most titled sailor of his generation.

World champion skipper in 1987 and winner of the Route du Rhum and the single-handed C-Star Race, he also has three "Solitaire du Figaro" victories to his name, a performance matched only by Jean Lecam and Michel Desjoyaux to this day.

 

Working as a skipper has always been Philippe Poupon's way of living with the sea, rather than living off the sea. He had long expressed a desire to devote his life one day to exploring the ocean world and its environment, particularly in the polar regions. This dream first became a reality in 1999 aboard the first Fleur Australe, a sailboat that he named in reference to a quasi-mythical flower said to grow in the wildest, most remote regions.


A brief selection of Philippe Poupon's achievements:

•    1975: 1st in the Triangle Atlantique on Pen Duick VI
•    1982: 1st in the Solitaire du Figaro
•    1983: 2nd in the Solitaire du Figaro
•    1984: 2nd in the C-Star in 16 days 11 hours 55 min
•    1984: 3rd in the Transat Quebec-Saint-Malo in 9 days 15 hours 59 min
•    1985: 1st in the Solitaire du Figaro
•    1986: 1st in the Route du Rhum in 14 days 15 hours 57 min 15 s
•    1987: Record for the west to east Atlantic crossing in 10 days 9 hours
•    1988: 1st in the C-Star (Fleury-Michon IX) in 10 days 9 hours 15 min
•    1989: Withdrawal from the Vendée Globe (capsized)
•    1990: 2nd in the Route du Rhum
•    1992: 3rd in the Vendée Globe in 117 days 3 hours 34 min
•    1995: 1st in the Solitaire du Figaro
•    1999 / 2000 Sailing in South Georgia aboard the 1st Fleur Australe

 

 

 

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