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4 December 2007, 10:28 am
DESJOYEAUX Named French Sailor Of The Year
Michel DESJOYEAUX receives his award from onboard Foncia
Michel DESJOYEAUX receives his award from onboard Foncia

Fédération Française de Voile News
Paris, France

On Monday night at the traditional Soirée des Champions, organized by the Fédération Française de Voile, Michel DESJOYEAUX was named as French Sailor of the Year for 2007.
DESJOYEAUX has had a fantastic year, winning the Solitaire Afflelou le Figaro and the Transat Jacques Vabre with Emmanuel LE BORGNE on the 60 foot monohull Foncia.
He succeeds Lionel LEMONCHOIS, winner of the 2006 Route du Rhum - La Banque Postale as French Sailor of the Year. DESJOYEAUX receives this price for the second time; he was already crowned for his victory in the Vendée Globe in 2001.

The awards evening took place during the Nautical Paris Boat Show with DESJOYEAUX beating seven other nominees to the award.

The other nominees were…

Antoine ALBEAU
PWA Slalom World Champion (windsurfing)
PWA Speed World Champion (windsurfing)

New Transatlantic record as skipper of Groupama 3 in 4 days, 3 hours, 57 minutes and 54 seconds
Winner of the Transat Jacques Vabre as skipper of Groupama 2 (ORMA)

Winner of the Transat 6,50 Charente Maritime Bahia as skipper of Groupe Actual

Claire LEROY
ISAF Women's Match Racing World Champion
Women's Match Racing European Champion

470 World Championship silver medallists

Xavier ROHART and Pascal RAMBEAU
Star World Championship silver medallists

Winner of the Trophée BPE as skipper of Financo (Figaro)

French Sailors of the year since 2001

2001 - Michel DESJOYEAUX
Winner of the Vendée Globe (93 days, 3 hours and 57 minutes)

2002 - Olivier BACKES and Laurent VOIRON
Second at the World Championship in Tornado and European Champion in Tornado

2003 - Xavier ROHART and Pascal RAMBEAU
World Champions in Star

2004 - Faustine MERRET
Gold medallist in the Olympic Games in Mistral

2005 - Vincent RIOU
Winner of the Vendée Globe (87 days, 10 hours, 47 minutes and 55 seconds)

2006 - Lionel LEMONCHOIS
Winner of the Route du Rhum - La Banque Postale in multihull 60'

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