Portraits - YANN GUICHARD

YANN GUICHARD

IN ONE WORD, HOW DO YOU DEFINE SUCCESS?

Commitment.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE A ‘DARE TO WIN’ ATTITUDE?

When you're racing, you have to be an opportunist when it comes to deciding on strategies, depending on the weather. It's important to assess the risks according to the weather/wind/sea conditions, because first of all you have to finish the race before you can win it. Then you have to be daring – once you've sized up the conditions and made your choice of sails, your steering tactics, etc.

WHAT IS THE BIGGEST RISK YOU HAVE TAKEN TO FINISH A RACE?

You can take risks in terms of the weather, heading into difficult conditions for a shortcut or taking on more wind in order to pick up speed.

WHAT MOTTO DO YOU CARRY WITH YOU TO MOTIVATE YOU AT ANY TIME?

When I find myself in difficult situations I try to stay positive throughout. I say to myself that the best is still ahead.

WHAT DOES THE THRILL OF VICTORY MEAN TO YOU?

When I'm alone, there's a strong emotional bond with my boat. It's a joint effort! We did it together!  And also the fact that I can say that I pushed myself to the limit to rise to the challenge. In a way, that feeling of letting go is also emotional. 

OF ALL THE FIRSTS YOU HAVE CELEBRATED IN YOUR CAREER, WHICH ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF?

There isn't one that stands out in particular. When you're totally committed, any victory is wonderful. It's not a question of what type of race it is.

WHEN YOU HEAR THE WORD ‘CHAMPAGNE’, WHAT COMES TO MIND?

Getting together with loved ones, sharing.

FOR WHAT OCCASION DO YOU DRINK CHAMPAGNE?

When I win a race or get together with family and friends – key moments in anyone's life.

DO YOU HAVE A LUCKY CHARM OR A RITUAL FOR EVERY RACE THAT YOU RUN?

Yes I have a Louis d'Or gold coin at the base of the mast.

WHAT IS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE THAT YOU'LL FACE DURING THE ROUTE DU RHUM 2014?

To master the machine and not let it get the better of me.

 
 
 
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