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Yves PARLIER (FRA)His determination to finish the Vendée Globe, despite enormous setbacks, was followed by many around the world. Using ingenuity most people would never need to call on, Yves built a raft from jerry cans to assist him in anchoring the boat off an island in the Southern Ocean, improvised an oven to cure the resin needed to fix his broken mast and after 8 days of work created an 18 metre mast without stepping ashore or receiving outside assistance. Overcoming his setbacks, Yves completed the Vendée ahead of two of the competitors in just under 127 days, 33 days behind the winner.

Date of Birth 22234
Where were you born? Versailles, France
Age started sailing 10
Age started racing 13-14
What inspired you to take up sailing? The reading of a book called 'Les Damien', the story of two young sailors, adventurers around the world. A gift of my father
How did you buy your first boat? I built it myself
Which was your first sailing club? Jeunesses Nautiques de France
First boat sailed? A Monotype
First boat raced? An Optimist, for the 'Regate du Sucre'
First Event competed in? Mini Transat Brest/Pointe-a-Pitre 1985
First Event won? Mini Transat Brest/Pointe-a-Pitre 1985
Principle achievements? Never to give up and go to the end
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date? The personal highlight of my sailing career has been to sail and race with Eric Tabarly. It was for the 'Transat Jacques Vabre 1997', and we won
Future sailing aspirations? I'm sailing and racing again on multihull. My team and I are working on the building of a new boat
Briefly state what sailing means to you? Feel that I'm on the Earth, that moves in the space, orbiting around the Sun, with the Moon, this other satellite that seems sometimes to watch over the sailor. I've always been captivated by this movements, this cosmogony that I can't enough of in my daily life, but that I can feel intensely on the sea. On the water, I'm always chasing a balance, an other rhythm than the landsmen's one
Who's had the greatest impact or inspiration in your sailing career and why? Eric Tabarly. He has accomplished great things for sailing. He had a sense of innovation and he was a real big skipper
Who do you consider to be your sailing hero if any? Eric Tabarly
Profession? Sailor
What other sports do you particiapte in outside of sailing? I like a lot the mountains, and cycling
Who do you consider to be the greatest sailor in the World and why? Eric Tabarly
Briefly state what being nominated for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award 2001 means to you? I'm very touched to be nominated for this
If voted as the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year 2001, breifly say what will this mena to you? It would be an honour, of course
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