FRANÇOIS GABART

France, 1983

A real honor to have in this edition one of the best oceanic sailors of all time, whose schedule is worthy of any athlete of the first order and more when he just beat the record the past December.

From his first wins at age of 11 in the Optimist class, this engineer, versatile, sensitive, passionate about competition and high technology, has become in the last 10 years the world reference for ocean navigation.

In January 2013 he won the round the world solo and nonstop (Vendée Globe 2012-2013), with a new record time of 78 days, 2 hours, 16 minutes and 40 seconds with his sponsor Macif. To think of became part of a high performance program, this never distanced him from his sensitivity, humility and closeness that distinguishes and characterizes. That same year and starting from scratch, began the construction of the Macif multihull, a 32-meter machine with which he just pulverized the extraordinary record that his compatriot Thomas Coville had come some months before. François crossed the line of arrival the past 17 of December, after 42 days 16 hours 40 minutes and 35 seconds. Alone, non stop.

He will present his two new films and will participate in the SAIL IN Talks on Ocean Multihulls along with Vincent Lauriot-Prévost, the star designer of the Class Ultimate.

LOÏCK PEYRON

Nantes, 1959

One of the most emblematic characters of the “course au large” … he learned from masters such as Eric Tabarly or Mike Birch and is now a reference for many fans of several generations.

Finalist of the America’s Cup, he is a national hero not only for his curriculum and his demanding and fine hand at the helm and trim, but for his strong personality and his ability to communicate. His records and his titles in the Transat JV (3) and the Route du Rhum in addition to feats like the rescue of his compatriot Philippe Poupon in the Vende Globe make him worthy of the SAIL IN Tribute of this V Edition.

Genius and figure that defends the high technology but without renouncing the ships and ways of sailing of the seventies and eighties to which he has special devotion. Among his remarkable achievements, he won the ORMA Championship four times in 1996, 1997, 1999 and 2002, the transatlantic Ostar race three times, the Jacques Vabre transat twice and won the Jules Verne Trophy in 2012.

After Benjamin de Rothschild gave him control of the Gitana Team in April 2006, the team built Gitana Eighty, a 60-foot monohull, launched in July 2007 with which Loick Peyron won the Transat. On December 9, 2008, he began his participation in the Vendée Globe 2008-2009 with Gitana Eighty. After leading the race for 16 days, Gypsy Eighty’s mast broke.

In 2010, Peyron sailed in the 33rd America’s Cup as part of the Alinghi team, in early 2012 he won the Jules Verne Trophy in a time of 45 days, 13 hours, 42 minutes and 53 seconds, breaking the previous record of Franck Cammas by 2 days. At the end of 2012, he joined Artemis Racing for later in November 2014, winning the Route du Rhum transat with the Banque Populaire VII maxi trimaran. Established the new record, from Brittany to Guadeloupe in 7 days, 15 hours, 8 minutes and 32 seconds.
In May 2016, he recovered the Pen Duick II with wich Éric Tabarly won that same regatta in 1964, to experience what his idols of youth lived when he still did not dream of being a pro sailor.

LUIS SÁENZ MARISCAL

Madrid, 1969

Sáenz Mariscal, with 25 years of experience in the Americas Cup as a lawyer, was one of the responsible of the victory of Emirates Team New Zealand in Bermuda 2017. He started in 1992 with Desafio Español in San Diego, and then in 1999 nothing less than as a lawyer for Dennis Conner, nicknamed Mister America’s Cup, the legendary winner of four editions, of the New York Yatch Club, the club that for 132 years had in is showcase the symbolic silver jug, the trophy that the champion receives.

Its role, among other things, is to interpret and modify the norm to study competitive advantages in the regulations, as well as to defend against protests, accusations and lawsuits whose basic rules are in a text that dates from 1857 and says that it is necessary to have an expert in regulation by obligation.

His last feat was to modify the definition of the word “manual” in the rule of the class without raising suspicions, which allowed the New Zealand team to work on the pedal systems of the AC50 catamaran that would ultimately be so vital in its victory.

He will direct one of the SAIL IN Class and will show the importance of the role interpreting the rules for technological development in the Americas Cup and will tell about his exemplary intense career.

DON MCINTYRE

Adelaide, 1955

Don McIntyre is the founder and Race Chairman of the 2018 Golden Globe Race, Don is an experienced circumnavigator and recognised as one of Australia’s greatest explorers. Passionate about all forms of adventure and inspiring others, this Race was born from his desire is to recreate the Golden Age of solo sailing. Starts on 1th July from Les Sables d’Olonne with similar rules to those that had to accept back in 1968 in the first Sunday Times Golden Globe Race, the first solo around the world race.

Don finished 2nd in class in the 1990-91 BOC Challenge solo around the world yacht race. In 2012, he led the successful 4-man Talisker Bounty Boat Challenge to re-enact the Mutiny on the Bounty voyage from Tonga to West Timor in a similar boat and with same limited supplies available to Captain Bligh 221 years before. For the past 20 years, Don has been leading annual expeditions to Antarctica.

SUSIE GOODALL

United Kingdom, 1989

Susie Goodall is an offshore and ocean sailing instructor who was introduced to the sport at the age of 3 and raced Laser dinghies until graduating as a sailing instructor. In recent times, she has crewing on a 60ft sail training/expedition yacht between Scandinavia, Iceland and the Canary Islands. When she was young, all holidays were spent sailing and the weekends were taken up racing Lasers, before she started teaching sailing on the Isle of Wight. She has spent a few years working in the Superyacht industry before taking up sail training.

She has won sponsorship from worldwide courier DHL and bought the Rustler 36 Ariadne, in which she has just completed a double Atlantic solo crossing. She is the only woman who is taking part in the race.

JUAN KOUYOUMDJIAN

Argentina, 1971

Juan Kouyoumdjian is a French-Argentinian naval architect specialised in ocean racing yachts. He designed all the winning yachts of the Volvo Ocean Race whilst it was governed by the Open 70 rule between 2003 and 2012. He first advocated the very shallow, very wide stern design with twin short rudders and twin daggerboards amidships that brought success to the ABN AMRO racing team in the 2005-2006 edition race. He repeated his success in the 2008-2009 and 2011-2012 editions of the race. More conveniently known as Juan K, is one of the very top sailing yacht designers working today.

His naval architecture firm just celebrated its twentieth year in business with three Volvo Ocean Races wins, two Olympic gold medals, nine offshore speed records, seven World Championship titles and six America’s Cup involvements. His spectrum is amazing, recently also created the new Swan Club 50, now in production and selling fast in Europe.

VINCENT LAURIOT-PRÉVOST

Dinard, 1955

VPLP is a French naval architecture team created in 1983 by Marc Van Peteghem and Vincent Lauriot-Prévost, among the most famous in the offshore race as well as in the world of the America’s Cup.

VPLP mainly works on the concept of Ultim Class sailboats, ORMA, IMOCA (in association with the naval architect Guillaume Verdier) and Multi50. Since 1984, he has been building successful racing boats like in 1990, the multihull Pierre 1er by Florence Arthaud, Primagaz by Laurent Bourgnon in 1994 and 1998, Géant by Michel Desjoyeaux in 2002, Gitana 11 by Lionel Lemonchois or USA 17, winner of the 33rd America’s Cup; Banque Populaire V, Groupama 3 and Maxi Banque Populaire V, the last holders of the Jules Verne Trophy. The Virbac Paprec 3 monohulls, holder in 2010 of the sailing distance record in 24 hours during his victory at the Barcelona World Race 2010-2011, and the Macif of François Gabart Record.

EMMANUEL BACHELLERIE

France, 1972

Emmanuel Bachellerie is the coordinator of Ultim Class Collective, that maintains as an object to organizer in 2019 a race around the world for solo sailors on these giants multihulls of 32 meters. Only one person like him, that takes 10 years in this class and knows with perfection ships and sailors, could to imagine a project like this.

Entrepreneur, manager and restless, has developed his professional career in companies like Ligaris, Thomas Marko & Associates, Bach & Partners or In Mediatic, is accustomed to big companies and challenges like this new race that we hope become the Vendee Globe of the multihulls.

GUILLE CASCANTE

Barcelona, 1975

Producer, director and sailor who loves the sea, he was lucky enough to travel the world doing a diving series for TVE (Bubbles). He describes it as one of the happiest times of his life. From 2001 to 2005 he worked as a director and creator of new formats for TV3 and TVE. In 2005, together with Laura Tremoleda and Santi Baró, he created Goroka: a production specialised in new formats with which he has produced more than 1,200 programmes for NE, TV3, Canal. +, MTV, Red Bull and Vice, amongst others. Director of the documentary: “Palabras alrededor del mundo” (Words around the world). At the moment, he’s working on the programmes: Mapa Sonoro and Página 2 (TVE) and Caràcter (Canal33). In his free time he loves to go out sailing anywhere he can.

Director of Punto Nemo, documentary that shows the navigation of Didac Costa, after two months of sailing in the Vendée Globe, on its way through the furthest place from any inhabited area, the Nemo Point.

NICOLAS FABBRI

France, 1979

Director. He divides his time between the mountains and the ocean, always bearing in mind his goal: to capture images and moments of strength, to tell adventures and stories of people who seek to play with the elements. A high mountain guide and a Mini 6.50 Skipper, he is fascinated by all outdoor activities, be they expeditions in the Andes or the Himalayas, or regattas and cruises.

He is passionate about all mediums, from pictures and videos to writing, and he believes that ocean regattas are a good pretext to talk about extraordinary characters. Together with his wife and four children, he has launched the project “Kids For Sea”, a family sailing trip spanning several stages to discover the Arctic, which in turn can be used as an educational series aimed at children.

JÜRG KAUFMANN

Switzerland, 1968

Jürg is the author of the photograph that illustrates the poster for this fifth edition and the images exhibited in Metro Bilbao and that make up one of the SAIL IN Expos this year. This leading Swiss photographer proposes a deep insight that goes beyond action photography. A versatile professional who has participated in all kinds of regattas, pioneering in the treatment of images applied to outdoor photography and who has just opened a spectacular studio in Zurich.

A former racing judge and therefore a fine observer of the small details that take place in contact regattas and match races, enabling him to capture the essence of a moment, the placement and the interpretation that led him to covering the best regattas and circuits all over the planet. His obsession for light and its effect on boats, the sea and the sky were and still are his favourite subjects in nautical photography.

PAULA GONZALVO

Castellón, 1988

Yesterday architect, today sailor, tomorrow…? These are the things Paula asks herself. In her blog “Allende los mares” she talks about independent travel, exploration and self-improvement. From travelling by sea and especially with ‘barcostop’, jumping from one sailboat to the next. In three years she has sailed on 21 different boats with more than 20 nationalities on board. She has sailed the Ionian, the Aegean and the Adriatic seas, the English Channel, the Bay of Biscay, the Caribbean Sea… and an Atlantic crossing. She has served as assistant, cook, waitress and sailor until becoming skipper, trying all types of sailing, private crossings, transfers, exploring rivers, private charters, tourist charters, Sunday regattas, astronomical rallies… Focusing the trip from the perspective of the sport, adventure and continuous learning, proposing challenges and sharing that it is possible to make dreams come true.

She joins SAIL IN to teach astronomy and sailing to the children of SAIL IN Kids and the adults with her experience in her last astronomical position rally, the CAP.

THOMAS SIMMONS

USA, 1982

Thomas was a young onlooker in Newport Harbor when his uncle, Mike Plant, appeared over the horizon and sailed to victory in the 1986-87 BOC Challenge, a singlehanded sailboat race around the world. Thirty years later, he has fulfilled his dream of sharing Mike Plant’s story on the screen.

Thomas Simmons was 10 years old at the time his uncle, Mike Plant, was declared missing and presumed dead. Like his uncle, Simmons found inspiration to seek an adventure — albeit one less dangerous. Three years ago, leaving his secure finance job, Simmons pursued his true passion, that of documentation.

On the surface, some might see COYOTE as a film about an American sailing pioneer with a colorful past. To me, it’s a universal story about dreams and the importance of finding the human fortitude to chase them at all costs.

RAFEL FIGUEROLA

Torredembarra, 1975

Born to a family of fishermen from the Catalan coast, all of Rafel’s energy and dreams, since childhood, have been in the big blue. From his origins as a boy with the Torredembarra Maritime Club, he went on to train as a versatile sailor who, added to his interest and innate passion for the coast, the wind and boats, “poc a poc” (in Catalan, little-by-little) as he likes to say, formed what he has become today and what holds for his future.

After his time on the Infanta Cristina corvette, he embarked upon the passion that now occupies his days; a shipyard and a school dedicated to the Catalan Patín (a single-crew sailing catamaran). This came about in 2010 after the transfer of the Holland shipyard that Ramón Huertas ran and that now is called Patí Vela Barcelona, in full development and growing.

ERIC FRATTINI

Peru, 1963

Essayist, novelist, correspondent in the Middle East, journalist, explorer, university professor, political analyst, television scriptwriter, and lecturer of Peruvian and Spanish nationality. Frattini is the author of about 26 essays and 4 novels, which have been translated into sixteen languages.
In 2015, after the death of his friend, the writer Luís Miguel Rocha, a cancer victim, decided to organize the expedition Reto Pelayo Vida against breast cancer ascending to Mount Kilimanjaro with five women who had suffered from this disease and in 2016 went through the Atlantic Ocean within the Reto Pelayo Vida with another five women who had suffered breast cancer. In 1988, five adventurers, among them Eric, sailed on a totora raft, built by the Aymara Indians of Lake Titicaca, from the port of Callao in Peru to the island of Nuku-Hiva, in the Archipelago of the Marquesas and later on the island of Tahiti, in the Archipelago of the Society. In total 5,491 miles in 72 days aboard an exact replica of those used by pre-Inca sailors in 200 AD. In the historic Uru Expedition participated Kitín Muñoz, director of the feat, Kiko Botana, navigator, Pepe de Miguel, television camera, Juan Ginés García, Lieutenant of the Army and responsible for logistics and communications, and a young man of 24 years, photographer and “delivery boy” of everything that was needed, Eric Frattini, the fifth guy, more than twenty years later, presented in 2017 his vision of the adventure in the book La isla del día siguiente. Chronicle of a journey through the Pacific.

DIEGO DE MIGUEL

Zaragoza, 1971

Diego de Miguel Murillo, a mechanical engineer who has developed his career in technology-related companies, is the first captain and promoter of the Sailing Living Lab project. A unique and innovative project that is open to collaborations with companies and individuals interested in testing new technologies on the high seas, where the conditions are harder and more demanding.

On board the sailboat Acrobat, and while doing a sea voyage around the world, the crew will carry out market tests, research and discovery open to all types of technologies and projects. He is currently making the Atlantic crossing to the Caribbean, so we will try to contact Miguel via Skype so that he can tell us about his experience of testing equipment and his experience with the astronomical position rally, the CAP.