Sailing

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.

Hélène Defrance © Nicolas GOUHIER

Hélène Defrance

Hélène Defrance’s passion for sailing began in childhood, and at age 12, she embarked on a full year of sailing with a group of others. Having sailed Lasers and started her competition career in cruiser-racers, she joined the Marseille center of the French Sailing Federation in the 4.7-meter Olympic 470 class dinghy. It was her pairing with helm Emmanuelle Rol that took both of them to the highest level. Now associated with Camille Lecointre Helen is world champion in April 2016 and won the bronze medal at Rio 2016 Olympic Games in the 470 class woman.

Noé Delpech © Nicolas GOUHIER

Noé Delpech

Noé Delpech began racing his Optimist dinghy at age 7. A few years later, he moved on to the 420 class with Morgan Lagravière as his partner. Together, they have twice finished third in the Open World Championship and were under-17 world champions in 2002 and 2003. In 2007, he made the move to the 49er dinghy class with partner Julien D’Ortoli. The pair had their first podium finish at Hyères Olympic Week in 2010. In 2013, they finished 6th in the World Championships. In 2016 in Rio, the duo were pleased to achieve the best result of a French crew in the 49 Class since this support is Olympic. The crew took 2nd place in the Medal race, eventually reaching the 5th place overall.

Sofian Bouvet © Nicolas GOUHIER

Sofian Bouvet

Sofian Bouvet has never doubted that sailing would be one of the driving forces of his life. Talent-spotted at age 13, he was selected for his first European Championship in the Optimist class. Having moved on to 420 dinghies, he qualified for the World Championships in 2006. The following year, he joined the Olympic 470 series partnered by Jérémy Mion. They now represent one of the best French duos, as evidenced by their title of European champions in April 2016 and 7th place ranking in the 470 Men in Rio in 2016 .

Windsurfing & Kitesurfing

Pierre Le Coq © Nicolas GOUHIER

Pierre Le Coq

Pierre Le Coq was just 9 when he started windsurfing. Selected three times for the World Youth Championships, he has achieved three podium finishes. At that point, Pierre Le Coq gave up windsurfing completely to focus on his studies. When he decided in 2009 to get back on the board, his return as a senior was complicated, not only technically, but also physically. But he finally regained his level through sheer determination and motivation. In 2011, he finished 5th in the European Championships, and became the training partner and substitute for Julien Bontemps at the 2012 Olympics. In 2013, Pierre entered the World Top 10 for the first time, and finished 3rd in the European Championships. In 2015, the sports crescendo rises throughout the preparation for 2016 Olympics : he won the stage World Cup in Hyeres and bronze medalist at the Test Event in Rio in the summer of 2015 before becoming Champion world in October 2015. The Olympic Games in Rio he won the bronze medal in the RS category X.

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.

Athletics

Mickaël Zézé © Nicolas GOUHIER

Mickaël Zézé

Born in 1994, Mickael Zézé is a member of the Val-de-Reuil Athlétique Club (VRAC) and the French national athletics squad. In 2011, he won bronze in the 100 meters at the IAAF World Youth Championships in Athletics. In 2013, whilst still a junior, he was selected as a member of the 4×100-meter relay team to compete at the World Championships in Moscow. At the qualifiers for the 2016 Rio Olympics, he was again selected for the 4×100-meter relay team, and will run behind French champion France Christophe Lemaitre. It’s likely that he will make the transition to 200-meter racing, where he holds the French youth record at 21.05 seconds.