Métropole Toulon Provence Méditerranée
Métropole Toulon Provence Méditerranée was born of the ashed of Team France Jeune which raced to fifth place last year in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup.
The team is likely to bring a welcome youth element to the GC32 Racing Tour. Skipper Robin Follin for example is just 23 years old and his crew is of a similar age.
While it would be easy to discount the team because of its tender years, that would be a big mistake. Skipper and helmsman, Robin Follin for example is a leading match racer and is a three French youth match racing champion . Tactician Valentin Sipan is an Olympic 470 sailor while the rest – Sandro Lacan on mainsheet, trimmer Jules Bidegaray and bowman Thibault Julien are either from Follin’s match racing crew or have experience in Olympic or multihull classes such as the F18.
But significantly they all have spent many hours on GC32s. With Team France Jeune they were attached to Franck Cammas’ Team France which used a pair of GC32 for its training. The youngster also used them for this purpose to get them race ready for their main show-down in Bermuda.
Follin and his crew are pleased to have been given the opportunity by TPM to sail together again aboard their flying catamaran christened Métropole Toulon Provence Méditerranée. “All of the guys were enthusiastic, with the same spirit. We are friends and that is the advantage of sport – it leaves you with very good emotions,” explains Follin.
It also won’t be their very first time on the GC32 Racing Tour having sailed its first event in 2017 on Riva del Garda, Italy, prior to going to Bermuda. “The circuit is one of the best in the world. It is really professional, like Formula 1 – everyone knows their boats well. All my friends who are doing Olympic sailing say it is the circuit they’d like to race on one day.”