Vendée Globe winner Michel Desjoyeaux was named yesterday evening the 2009 French Sailor Of The Year, during the traditional "Soirée des Champions" organized by the French Sailing Federation.
The winner of the Vendée Globe succeeds to Francis Joyon, Round The World Record Holder and 2008 Sailor Of The Year. Michel Desjoyeaux, who was also one of the nominees for this year's ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards
, received the French prize for the third time.
The ceremony was held in the Edouard VII Theatre, in Paris, France, during the city Boat Show. Michel Desjoyeaux won this trophy over three other nominees:
The three other nominees were:
- PWA Slalom World Champion
- North Atlantic Record Holder (3 days, 15 hours, 25 minutes and 48 seconds with Banque Populaire V)
- 24 Hours Distance Run Record Holder
French Youth Sailing Team
- Winners of the Volvo Trophy at the 2009 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship