There’s something of Corto Maltese when you look at Kito de Pavant’s face. The Southerner is an adventurer, an unusual sailor, who doesn’t do things like others. But he does it all well. You just have to read his book, “Le plus grand navigateur de tout l’étang” to understand something about the character. He got the sailing bug from his father, who built a tiny wooden boat by himself. It all began on the village pond in St-Pardoux-la-rivière….
Since then, little ponds have become big oceans and Kito (so called because his sister couldn’t pronounce Christophe) has had adventure after adventure on all the world’s oceans. He has crossed the Atlantic more than forty times delivering boats, which was one of his first jobs, and racing. He left the quiet waters of the Périgord for the hotter climes of the Med and continued to look beyond every horizon. Kito de Pavant is the son of the wind. He became known in 2002, achieving an incredible win in the Solitaire du Figaro beating the Bretons that he would constantly tease at the stopovers. And that he would welcome to his little beach at the Espiguinguette, in the Camargue.
So much for the folklore. As far as the racing is concerned, Kito de Pavant is one of those fast sailors, making inspired strategic choices and is always capable of winning on one or more hulls. His talent is unanimously recognised and that explains why he has sailed with all the greats: Jean Le Cam, Yves Le Blévec, François Gabart, Pietro D’Ali…
Bad luck dashed his hopes in the 2008 and 2012 Vendée Globe races forcing him out early on. We can all remember how upset he was when forced to retire from the race of his dreams… but that is all in the past. Once again on the attack, Kito fully intends to complete the voyage and be up there with the frontrunners. He has what it takes with Jean-Pierre Dick’s old boat.