Ari HUUSELA

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Ari HUUSELA

57 years old

Helsinki

Many people say that there is a lot in common between sailing and aeronautics. In either case, you must be attentive to the evolution of weather systems, keep a dose of humility, and be sensitive to the balance of the machine. Pilot on passengers aircrafts, Ari Huusela has experienced these similarities since 1999 when participating in the Mini-Transat. During this particularly trying edition, he realized how much he enjoyed what solo off-shore racing was all about : pushing oneself  and developing mental and physical resistance. After a second experience on the Mini-Transat, he tried the Class40 before switching to the IMOCA circuit and setting himself a new target with the Vendée Globe. The sailor must have good assets to highlight as Alex Thomson never misses a chance to support him and express how highly he thinks of the Finnish sailor.

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