Sailing & kite surf

Sébastien Rogues © ENGIE

Sébastien Rogues

From Mini 6.50 to F18 catamarans and GC32 foiling catamarans, the list of Sébastien Rogues’ achievements is impressive by any standard. Sponsored by ENGIE since 2009, the year in which he first competed in a singlehanded transatlantic event finishing 8th overall, Sébastien has continually honed his competitive skills across a broad range of innovative racing yachts. In 2013, Sébastien decided to begin work on building his own Class40 monohull. He then went on to finish the season with six race wins, including the legendary Transat Jacques Vabre. In 2014, Sébastien entered the Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe, but after a strong start was forced to abandon as a result of multiple technical issues whilst going to the aid of another competitor. 2015 was the year of the multihull, with Sébastien competing on the Diam 24 trimaran (the official one-design for the Round France race in which he finished 21st) and the GC32 foiling catamaran. It’s with this spectacular catamaran that he will compete in the 2016 Bullitt GC32 Racing Tour 2016, the final leg of which will be fought out as part of the Marseille One Design event in October.

Alex Caizergues © ENGIE/HAVAS/JOSSE MARC

Alex Caizergues

Supported by ENGIE since 2009, Alex Caizergues is the fastest man in kitesurfing, thanks to the kite world speed record of 56.62 kn (65.13 mph) he set on November 11, 2013. Having windsurfed since he was a teenager, it was in 2002 that Alex Caizergues discovered kitesurfing, which had emerged as a sport only a couple of years earlier. It wasn’t long before it had become his life. He competed in his first event in April 2005 at the Mondial du Vent, finishing 12th; a result that persuaded him to turn his passion into his career. Alex Caizergues has been France’s most successful kitesurfer for the last nine years. He has proved his skill not only in kitesurfing, but in other extreme sports, including sailing. With three World Championships and two French Championships for speed, three kite world speed records and two world sailing records across all categories, he has received more media exposure than any other French kitesurfer, and joined the French national kitesurfing team in 2009.