GROWING UP ON THE OCEAN
Since a very young age Cecile has spent all her holidays on the family boat. At 16 she was already telling her parents she wanted to sail around the world. She has now sailed over 21 000 miles, racing on famous race yachts and competing in many championship around the world. (Rolex Fastnet Race, Asian Grand Prix championship, Match racing championship in New Zealand, Rolex China sea race…)
STUDYING TO DESIGN RACE YACHTS
Cecile decided early on to become a Naval architect to design and understand the technology behind race yachts. She went to Southampton in England and graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering in Yacht and Powercraft Design.
10 YEARS OVERSEAS
After graduating from Solent University, she wanted to further broaden her engineering knowledge. She moved to New Zealand to study a Master of Engineering specialized in composite materials and structural engineering at the University of Auckland. She was then hired by Morelli & Melvin, a famous multihull designer. And later went on to join Emirates Team New Zealand for the 34th America’s Cup. She had always wanted to become a professional sailor, so in 2013 she made the big move. She was selected by Team SCA to come for a six months training camp in Lanzarote in the Canary Islands in preparation for the Volvo Ocean Race. She became reserve crew member for Team SCA the 2014 – 15 Volvo Ocean Race.
BACK IN FRANCE & RACING FIGARO
After this very rich experience Cecile was asking herself : what was the best way forward for her sporting career? She wanted to further increase her performance and become a greater sailor. The Figaro circuit was the answer. It has shaped some of the top sailors in the world. She moved back to France where the Figaro is based and race her first season in 2016. After a successful campaign learning the circuit and the tips of racing solo, she comes back in 2017 with a huge enthusiasm and energy to compete at the highest level.
“These boats are raced single-handed so it trains us to be all-rounded and polyvalent sailors. The Figaros are 10 metres boats. We do everything on board on our own: sail trim, navigation, tactics, weather analysis…° it is so exciting!”
This year Cecile has a new sponsor with her, Eclisse, who came onboard early 2017 and will be with her for the whole season.
« I want to use all the knowledge I acquired last year to focus 100% on performance. »
Nautical miles sailed
– Sir Peter Blake
Cecile is part of the high performance training centre: ‘ Le Pole Finistere Course au Large’ which is in Brittany in France. She is training there before and between each event with 18 other skippers all competing on the Figaro circuit.
The racing schedule is intense this year with one to two events per month with the highlight being the Solitaire Urgo-Le Figaro in June.
2017, March 15th-19th
2017, April 4th-9th
2017, April 21st-30rd
Solo Maître Coq
2017, June 4th-25th
La Solitaire Urgo Le Figaro
2017, August 26th – September 2nd
Tour de Bretagne
2017, September 13th-23th
Douarnenez – Horta Solo
Laurence and Christian Renevot, CEO and general manager of Eclisse –