The Sailing Team
Stève Ravussin – Skipper
Swiss skipper of international reputation, Stève Ravussin is a lover of speed. He developed his passion for sailing and especially for multihulls, after initially sailing with Laurent Bourgnon and then with Franck Cammas, while also pursuing a career as a solo sailor.
Born in Lausanne in 1968, Stève Ravussin has two brothers, including multihull sailor Yvan, and one sister, with whom he is very close. He carried out his apprenticeship as a mechanic with Bobst – knowledge that subsequently proved valuable in preparing and repairing the boats he worked on.
He is known for his passion and endless energy, his loyal friends (among them Laurent Bourgnon, Jean Troillet, Mike Horn, Franck Cammas), his strong character, his outspokenness and his taste for speed and extreme sports: mountain and the sea are two environ- ments that suit him perfectly, his pastimes including skiing, snow-boarding, kiteboarding, windsurfing – the first sport where he started competing.
A talented sailor, he won the 40ft multihull class in the Route du Rhum in 1998 and the Transat Jacques Vabre in both 2001 and 2007. He holds the speed record for the crossing of the Mediterranean and the Atlantic crossing in 2007 aboard Groupama 3 and went on to win the Jules Verne Trophy in 2010 alongside Franck Cammas, as watch leader and helmsman.
Benoît Lequin – Boat Captain
Benoît Lequin has extensive experience running the technical side of offshore raceboats. After working on several IMOCA and ORMA 60s, including Bernard Stamm’s, he has been a project manager and director of a shipyard. As sailor, he has considerable singlehanded experience, especially in the Figaro. He also spent a season racing ORMA 60 trimarans finishing second in the Nokia Oops Cup with Klabbe Nylöf.
Above all, he holds two extraordinary records, namely that for the crossing of the North Atlantic (New York – Lorient) aboard a 20ft catamaran in a time of 18 days and 18 hours (2009) and the outright record for the Atlantic crossing (11 days 11 hours) in an uninhabitable 20ft catamaran (Dakar – Pointe a Pitre) in 2008. Benoît Lequin will be responsible for the boat, particularly during deliveries, will handle her logistics.
Nicolas Pichelin - Sports manager & Crewman (trimmer, helmsman)
For over 15 years, Nicolas Pichelin has followed an exciting career in multihulls. He spent seven years racing on the ORMA circuit. In 2005, he was second on the trima- ran Groupama 2, followed by a first place in 2006, again on Groupama 2. His experience includes other prestigious races: The Race in 2000, the French Areva Challenge (Louis Vuitton Cup) in 2003, the Jules Verne Trophy in 2005, the Transat Jacques Vabre in 2007. Nicolas Pichelin also sailed on Lake Geneva and participated in the 2010 Challenge Julius Baer aboard the D35 Veltigroup, alongside Steve Ravussin.
Passionate about the sea and mountains, the sailor from Nantes has always dreamed of Antarctica. Thanks to Skip Novak, he discovered the continent for the first time in 2004, during a humanitarian expedition. He then launched a polar expedition project, XploreExpeditions where he is able to fulfil his two passions: sailing and mountaineering. Today he manages the sports program for Race for Water. He lives in France, but leaves regularly for the polar regions.
Jacques Guichard - Sailmaker & Sailor (trimmer)
Sailmaker at Incidences alongside Jean- Baptiste Le Vaillant, then at North Sails, Jacques Guichard has since 2002 designed sails for significant boats such as Banque Populaire 1 & 2, Groupama 1 & 2, Gitana 10 & 11, Veolia, Safran, America’s Cup projects and even L’Hydroptère.
Jacques Guichard is also an outstanding sailor. From 2003 to 2009, he sailed on the ORMA and IMOCA circuits, including two consecutive years on Gitana 10. Jacques Guichard also sails on Lake Geneva aboard the D35 Foncia on which he won the Bol d’Or in 2009 with Michel Desjoyeaux and Alain Gautier. Jacques will be part of the crew of Race for Water as a trimmer.
Loïc Forestier – Shore Crew & Crew
Loïc Forestier is a Swiss sailor and a great specialist of Lake Geneva. A D35 helmsman since 2007, he won the Bol d’Or in 2008. Winner of the Cinq Jours du Léman in 2009, he became part of the CER crew in the Tour de France a la Voile, finishing second in 2010. He will be both shore crew for the boat and will sail on board as well.