Sébastien Rogues, the Team ENGIE skipper
The ENGIE Group has supported the career of skipper Sébastien Rogues from his early days in 2009 through the Mini Transat 6.50 class to the Class40 monohull. This year, Sébastien will be flying the flag for ENGIE onboard the GC32 foiling catamaran. New season, new challenges!
After last year's Round France Race with the Diam 24 trimaran, Team ENGIE skipper Sébastien Rogues is embarking on the 2016 season onboard the ENGIE GC32 foiling catamaran for the 2016 Bullitt GC32 Racing Tour. Over the last three seasons, this series of races for high-tech, ultra-performance catamarans has attracted increasing numbers of world-class sailors.
The Team ENGIE skipper has reached out to some highly motivated young crew members to compete alongside him. Sébastien Rogues will helm the season, with Jean-Baptiste Gellée as mainsail traveler trimmer, Gurvan Bontemps as mainsail trimmer and tactician, Antoine Joubert as headsail trimmer, and from last year's crew, Christophe Carbonnières as bowman. It's a team with the experience needed to consolidate the progress made by the ENGIE crew throughout the year.
"We've brought this crew together with the aim of building our performance race-on-race. Physicality is very important on this type of boat, which is why we've reached out to talented sailors at the top of their game. This season will be more competitive than last year's, with some fantastic events that are even better suited to the GC32. We have a solid base to build on, and we'll be giving it everything we have. With at least 10 boats and 10 high-profile names from international sailing, the series will be cranking up a notch to a new level", says Sébastien Rogues. Sébastien Rogues and his crew will cross the first start line of the 2016 season at the Alps Challenge Special Event that opens the series on the Traunsee in Austria between Thursday 12 and Sunday 15 May.