-Have you done the Fastnet before, ff so when, and how did you finish ?
Yes, 9th in 2015. This was also in a Class40 but it was really different. It was a very good race. We had a very clean passage in light winds till the rock. After the Fastnet, it was a long reach in medium wind to the finish so it was not so confortable for us.
-Who inspired you to start sailing?
My grandfather, he used to take me sailing on his catamaran. Warram design.
-What do you love most about sailing?
The adventure of going from A-B and making a boat go fast!. Pushing the boat to the limits, finding it, keeping it… Preparing the racing boats to allow them to be pushed to the limit
-How do you keep going when you’re on the limit / what drives you?
Just thinking that’s the best way to go
-Your career highlight?
2nd in the 2015 Tour de France à la voil. 1st Vintage in the 2017 Les Sables-Horta.
-What was the best advice ever given you>
Be prepared to be disappointed and you’ll never be
-Your favourite quote?
“Connais-toi toi-même” Socrate
-The unattainable food, the one you crave the most when offshore?
Fresh fruits, salads
–Your must-have food whilst racing?
Chocolate and apples.
-Your favourite racing conditions?
light, medium, strong winds…
-What is your priority when you return to shore after a race?
1)Have a real shower 2)Spend a real night asleep 3)Plan the next race
-Finally Robin, a quote about your objectives for the race.
The Fastnet is an important meeting for the Class40, particulary this year with more than 30 boats… To race aboard ‘Imérys‘ is a great opportunity. The crew is really international. We hope our different sailing tactics will make the boat very fast! This is a great race, and I am with a great boat and a great crew, I’m in a hurry to go…!!
The race starts at 11.00am Sunday 6th August.