After three highly successful years racing offshore in the Class 40, in 2015 Sebastien Rogues chose to switch to multihulls – boats that are faster, more technical and exciting.
In September 2014 Rogues acquired a GC32 foiling catamaran and competed at Marseille One Design and has since committed to a three year campaign in the boat, with continued support from his faithful sponsor ENGIE.
Sébastien Rogues – Skipper/ Helm
Born in 1986, Sébastien Rogues started dinghy sailing when he was just 6 years old. In 2007, aged 21, Sébastien started racing at a top level, aiming to become a professional skipper. After acquiring his first boat, a Pogo 2, Series class Mini 6.50, he achieved very promising results in solo races on the Mini 6.50 circuit. He then gtraduated up to the highly competitive Class 40 circuit, which he dominated with victories in the Transat Jacques Vabre and Rolex Fastnet Race aboard his Mach 40 GDF SUEZ. In 2015, Sébastien turned to multihulls: the Diam 24 trimaran and GC32 catamaran – one of the first in France to join multihull foiling revolution.
Gurvan Bontemps – Mainsail Tactician
Gurvan began his career in the Olympic Tornado catamaran over 2000 to 2007. He also has a strong track record in the F18 catamaran: 5th place at the 2013 World Championships and 2nd in 2014 and was French National Champion in 2013 and 2014. In F18s, he also won the Martinique Cata Raid in 2013 and 2014. In 2015 he focused on the Flying Phantom where he won Le Raid des Corsairs, Foiling Week and Eurocat. He has also participated in numerous other projects such as helmsman/trimmer on the Maxi 80 Prince de Bretagne in 2013 and on board Gitana’s GC32 in 2015 and GC32 training helmsman with the Groupama Team France.
Jean Baptiste Gellée – Mainsail Trimmer
27 years old, Jean-Baptiste has already been sailing competitively for more than 15 years, including 8 years in the Olympic Laser dinghy. In 2004 he was French Under 18 champion in the Laser and two years later finished 4th at the ISAF Youth World Championship. In 2008 he was 4th in the European Youth Championship, before joined the France Espoir team, a high-level Olympic training group which he left in 2011. In 2014 he participated in the Tour de France à la Voile for the first time aboard the M34 of APCC Voile Sportive, finishing 2nd in the amateur class. Last year, he skippered the Diam 24 Radio VINCI Autoroutes on which he finished 14th in the Tour de France.
Antoine Joubert – Headsail Trimmer
Anthony began his career in the Formula 18, in which he won Junior World Championship titles in 2008 and 2009, following this was a 7th at the World Championship in 2011. He then spent three seasons in the M34 with the Courrier Dunkerque crew with whom he became France champion in 2011, winning the Spi Ouest-France in 2013 and finishing second in the Tour de France à la Voile in 2011 and 2012. In 2015, Antoine campaigned the Diam24 Cheminee Poujoulat and the Flying Phantom with Team Momentys (including a victory in Genève-Rolle-Genève and second place at Eurocat with Franck Cammas).
Benjamin Amiot – Bowman
Aged 28, Benjamin brings solid experience aboard racing catamarans. At 15, he started racing in Formula 18s, the catamaran on which he still competes. He was runner up the F18 World Championship in 2014. He’s been sailing foiling catamarans for three years. In 2015, he competed for the Phantom works team, before becoming part of Gitana’s and Zoulou’s GC32 crews. He was also trimmer/tactician on the Diam 24 Prince de Bretagne and competed in two Grand Prix on the D35 Ladycat powered by Spindrift racing.
Marseille One Design – 2nd
Austria Cup – 4th
Cowes Cup – 4th
Kiel Cup – 4th
Trofeo di Roma – 5th
Marseille One Design – 4th
2015 overall – 5th
GC32 Riva Cup – 5th
GC32 Malcesine Cup – 8th
Copa del Rey MAPFRE – 8th
GC32 La Reserva de Sotogrande Cup – 4th
Marseille One Design – 4th
2016 overall – 5th