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 world’s fastest man in kitesurfing, becoming the first man to break the 100 km/h barrier on water in speed sailing when he set the kite speed world record of 56.62 knots (104.8 km/h) on November 11, 2013.

After trying his hand at windsurfing as a teenager, it was in 2002 that Alex eventually discovered kitesurfing, a sport that started up around the year 2000. Kitesurfing quickly became his way of life. His first top-flight competition was in April 2005 at the Mondial du Vent, when he finished 12th, a result that persuaded him to turn professional.

With 15 nearly years of competing behind him, Caizergues is the French kitesurfer with most titles to his credit: triple world champion (2007, 2008, 2009) and double French champion for speed, he also holds three kitesurfing world speed records (2007, 2009, 2013) as well as two world records in sailing (2008, 2010).

Alex is the highest-profile French kitesurfer and an ambassador for his sport, who has proved himself not only in kitesurfing and extreme sport, but also in sailing.