Sébastien SIMON ARKEA PAPREC

Sébastien SIMON

1st participation

FR

30 years old

Les Sables d'Olonne 85 - Concarneau 29

It is when you reach a milestone that you can set new ambitions. With a victory in total control on the Solitaire Urgo Le Figaro 2018, Sébastien Simon was able to look ahead to the perspective of taking the start of the Vendée Globe. But for this natural born competitor, it was out of the question to compete without having a chance for the podium. Thus, Sébastien has gathered around him what he believes to be the winning assets : a new boat designed by Juan Kouyoumdjian (also…

Achievements

2019

Bermudes 1000 Race, 1st

2018

Figaro
1st French Championship Elite off-shore racing
1st Solitaire Urgo Le Figaro
1st Le Havre AllMer Cup
2nd Transat AG2R La Mondiale
2nd Solo Maître Coq
5th Solo Concarneau
7th Solo Normandie


2017

Figaro
3rd French Championship Elite off-shore racing
4th Solitaire Urgo Le Figaro
2nd Solo Normandie
2nd Solo Maître Coq
2nd Tour de Bretagne
6th Douarnenez Fastnet Solo
10th Solo Concarneau

2016

Figaro Beneteau
5th French Championship Elite off-shore racing
11th La Solitaire Bompard Le Figaro
2nd Solo Concarneau
4th Transat AG2RLa Mondiale
5th Douarnenez Horta Solo
13th Le Havre All Mer Cup


2015

Figaro
10th French Championship Elite off-shore racing
33th Solitaire du Figaro - Eric Bompard Cachemire
4th Generali Solo
5th Solo Duo Basse Normandie
8th Solo Concarneau
8th Tour de Bretagne
11th Solo Figaro Maître Coq

2014

Figaro
20th French Championship Elite off-shore racing
33th Solitaire du Figaro - Eric Bompard Cachemire
10th Lorient Horta Solo
10th Solo Concarneau
16th Solo Maître Coq
18th Le Havre Allmer Cup


2013

Figaro : 1st Challenge Espoir Bretagne - Crédit Mutuel
3rd World Championship 420
16th World Championship J80
5th French Championship J80

2012

M34
5th French Championship off-shore racing in crew
6th Tour de France à la Voile

Portrait

Sébastien SIMON

It is when you reach a milestone that you can set new ambitions. With a victory in total control on the Solitaire Urgo Le Figaro 2018, Sébastien Simon was able to look ahead to the perspective of taking the start of the Vendée Globe. But for this natural born competitor, it was out of the question to compete without having a chance for the podium. Thus, Sébastien has gathered around him what he believes to be the winning assets : a new boat designed by Juan Kouyoumdjian (also known as Juan K), advice from Vincent Riou - a perfectly trained technical director and also winner of the 2004-2005 edition, and also the support of the Pôle Finistère Course au large, a real producer of champions.  

 

While waiting to take control of his new boat, Sébastien Simon is training on the former PRB boat. After trying to beat the record on the Route de la Découverte together with Vincent Riou, he took the boat back in solo conditions to refine his knowledge of IMOCAs. At the same time, the Arkéa Paprec team chose to assemble the boat on its own premises after having delegated the construction of the hull to the CDK shipyard. This original approach has enabled Sébastien to follow the finishing touch of his new tool step-by-step and master its most intimate corners.  An approach which should please this graduate engineer passionate about cutting-edge techonology.

 

Although living in Concarneau to follow the construction of the monohull boat closely, Sébastien will feel a twinge of melancholy when he goes down the channel of Les Sables d’Olonne. Because it is here that he has lived and learned with the Sports Nautiques Sablais. So, when the boy from town gets set to take the start, many admirers will no doubt be focusing on him.

IMOCA monohull

ARKEA PAPREC

While waiting to take control of his latest generation IMOCA next summer, Sébastien Simon is sailing on a Verdier – VPLP design developed for Vincent Riou for the Vendée Globe 2012. Although unlucky during the last two editions when it had to retire after hitting UFOs twice, this monohull arrived in fourth position in the Transat Jacques Vabre in 2013 and 2015, and, more recently, fourth in the last Route du Rhum. Well-built, the monohull has rejuvenated with the addition of foils in 2017. It will be present at the start of the Vendée Globe but at the hands of Kevin Escoffier who will take over and wear PRB’s colours around the world. It’s strange, here we speak of it as “Kevin’s boat…”

ARKEA PAPREC

  • Sail number : 4
  • Designer: Juan Kouyoumdjian
  • Chantier : CDK Technologies / Assemblage : Team ARKEA PAPREC
  • Launch Date: 19 July 2019
  • Length: 18,28m
  • Beam: 5,70m
  • Draught: 4,50m
  • Displacement (weight): 8t
  • Number of drifts: foiler
  • Mast height: 29 m
  • Keel blade: Inox usiné
  • Upwind sail area: 260 m2
  • Downwind sail area: 600 m2

Press contact

Agence Effets Mer

Marie Fraleux : mfraleux@effetsmer.com

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