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Xavier ROHART & Pascal RAMBEAU (FRA)

Xavier ROHART & Pascal RAMBEAU (FRA)Unbelievably this pair had only sailed together for twenty days, ten in July and ten in August, prior to the 2003 ISAF World Championship.

This lack of preparation had no ill effect and only served them well as they took the 2003 ISAF World Championship with a race to spare, outperforming the greatest names in the Star fleet.

With no placings outside the top 5, they totally dominated and led the fleet overall from start to finish in the series.

When Xavier's usual crew Yannick Adde fell ill earlier in the year after SPA Regatta, at which point Xavier and Yannick were ranked number one in the world, he approached his old training partner Pascal Rambeau to join him. Opening their pairing with an eighth at the Athens Regatta, the 2003 ISAF World Championship was only their second event together, but their friendship going back more than ten years obviously contributed to their world class performance. With no events to Xavier's ranking from SPA until the ISAF World Championship, he currently sits at ninth in the world.

The Achievements of Xavier Rohart & Pascal Rambeau


11th - Star European Championship, October 2003 - Grade 1
12th - Rolex Miami OCR, February 2003 - Grade 1
9th - Olympic Garda 2003, March 2003 - Grade 2
6th - XXXIV Princess Sofia Trophy, April 2003 - Grade 2
4th - SPA Regatta, May 2003 - Grade 1
8th - Athens Regatta, August 2003 - Ungraded
1st - 2003 ISAF World Championship - Star, September 2003 - Grade W

ISAF World Sailing Rankings - Keelboat Men - Star (1 October 2003) = 9

Name Xavier ROHART Pascal RAMBEAU
Date of Birth 25020 26403
Place of Birth Thionville, FRA Vitry/Seine, FRA
Profession Sport teacher Teacher
ISAF Sailor ID FRAXR1
Age started sailing 5 7
First boat sailed Optimist Optimist
Age started racing 9 11
First boat raced Optimist Optimist
What inspired you to take up sailing? My family, being on the beach and seeing so many people sailing around Fos sur Mer, my home town. Moving as a child from Paris to La Rochelle, and thus the sea!
How did you buy your first boat? By teaching sailing lessons in my club Still working on it!
Which was your first sailing club? CFV Fos sur Mer ASPTT La Rochelle
First Event competed in and Year South ligue Optimist Championship in 1977 Local regatta in La Rochelle 1983
First Event won and Year Finn French Nationals in 1989 Local regatta in La Rochelle 1985
Principle achievements
I guess, becoming World Champion in the Star Class
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date 1985 Accepted to the sport school in Marseille1985 Winning Kieler Woche in 1998 and winning the French International Match Racing as a crew of Philippe Presti
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date 1986 I met my coach Daniel DAHON Winning Kieler Woche in 1998 and winning the French International Match Racing as a crew of Philippe Presti
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date 1989 I was accepted to the sport army in Joinville Winning Kieler Woche in 1998 and winning the French International Match Racing as a crew of Philippe Presti
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date 1992 Olympic Regatta in Barcelona - so close to a medal but too young! (Xavier finished 7th in the Finn) Winning Kieler Woche in 1998 and winning the French International Match Racing as a crew of Philippe Presti
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date 2000 Olympic Regatta in Sydney - so close again and so bad luck with two broken masts (Xavier finished 5th in the Finn) Winning Kieler Woche in 1998 and winning the French International Match Racing as a crew of Philippe Presti
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date 2002 3rd at the Star World Championship and the best French Athlete Winning Kieler Woche in 1998 and winning the French International Match Racing as a crew of Philippe Presti
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date 2002 1st at the ISAF World Sailing Games in Marseille (sailing a J/80 with Francois Brenac) Winning Kieler Woche in 1998 and winning the French International Match Racing as a crew of Philippe Presti
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date 2003 1st at the Star World Championship in Cadiz, before the last race!!! Winning Kieler Woche in 1998 and winning the French International Match Racing as a crew of Philippe Presti
What are your future sailing aspirations? 2004 Olympic Games - Athens Having a good result at the Olympic Regatta in Athens, and then becoming invovled in syndicates for the Volvo Race and/or America's Cup
What are your future sailing aspirations? Thinking about bigger boats!!! Having a good result at the Olympic Regatta in Athens, and then becoming invovled in syndicates for the Volvo Race and/or America's Cup
Briefly state what sailing means to you It is a pleasure to feel the boat and play the game against the others and push myself higher than ever without forgetting that staying human is very important. It is a way of life which incorporates my passion for the sea and my enjoyment of competitive sports
Who has had the greatest impact or inspiration in your sailing career and why? Daniel DAHON by his human style of life - he never forgets that life is important Philippe PRESTI for developing my approach to competitive sailing during our Soling campaign for the 2000 Olympics
Who has had the greatest impact or inspiration in your sailing career and why? Nathalie my wife who accepts my life style Philippe PRESTI for developing my approach to competitive sailing during our Soling campaign for the 2000 Olympics
Who has had the greatest impact or inspiration in your sailing career and why? All the Finn sailors who started together in 1989, Philippe PRESTI, François LE CASTREC, Yannick ADDE, Loïc LE HEELEY, David DRAPPEAU… Philippe PRESTI for developing my approach to competitive sailing during our Soling campaign for the 2000 Olympics
Who do you consider to be your sailing hero? Russell COUTTS as a guide and Torben GRAEL for his life style Sir Peter BLAKE
What other sports do you participate in outside of sailing?
Mountain biking and surfing
Who do you consider to be the greatest sailor in the World and why? Russell COUTTS SCHUMANN for his incredible Olympic career and his participation in Alinghi winning the America's Cup.
Briefly state what being nominated for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award 2003 means to you It's a big pleasure, one achievement of my sailing life to be accepted in this group of great sailors, the best sailors of the world. But never forget that being happy and taking the good side of life will always be more important, I will never forget what happened to my old crew Yannick who will not be near me during the event. After close to 20 years of sailing on all levels, to be recognised by my peers is quite and achievement and honour
If voted as the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year 2003, briefly say what will this mean to you? Like being World Champion, I can't really dream about it, just give everyone the opportunity to have the same career in sailing which is the best sport with a nice mix of pleasure, work, pain, success, teams and joy - simply life!!! It would be a great honour to be offiicially recognised and it would give me a great advantage in achieving my sailing goals. It would also allow me to continue to develop my passion for sailing at competitive level.
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