Smiley and friendly, Manu Cousin could almost be viewed as the opposite of what he really is : a determined competitor, an audacious man. Over 50 years of age, the man knows what he dreams of, what he wants, and he has well thought through this voyage before setting for the unknown.
Originating from Rouen, he combined his professional activity as sales manager and his fondness for regattas - which transformed into a communicative passion for the oceans - during a long time. Based in Seine-Maritime, the Sétin group has followed Manuel Cousin’s race stories and boats for twenty years. From 2014 to 2017, the group supported him on Class40 before Manu Cousin invited Eric Sétin to the start of the last Vendée Globe. The group’s boss was hooked on and decided to get involved with his favorite racer in a round-the-world. Since then, the sailor has quit his job, becoming a full-time professional skipper, and has settled definitively in Les Sables d’Olonne, city that he has always cherished since he was twelve.
Aboard his Farr designed boat, launched in 2007, Manuel Cousin “is daydreaming, but you must make your dreams possible,” he likes to say. His objective on the Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe (14th) was above all to finish for his qualification and collect miles for the next Vendée Globe. He is now reassured and continues his apprenticeship in order to take the start of the round-the-world race in 2020.