LES BLEUS

THE SEA IN THEIR BLOOD!

From tradition to innovation, they are always at the forefront!

Masters of the oceans and seas, French sailors have illustrated themselves in ocean racing and inshore regattas for decades. From Baron Bich to Loïck Peyron, Eric Tabarly, Olivier de Kersauson or Franck Cammas, France is rich with renowned sailors who have braved the elements around France and the world to engrave their name in history.

Whatever the boat, from maxi multihull, windsurfing, monohull, dinghy or skiff, the French “savoir-faire” has delivered success! Many records have been broken! No less than 46 Olympic medals have been claimed since 1900 proving that France is one of the best sailing nations in the world.

For the SSL Gold Cup, the French team will align some of the best among Olympic, inshore, match racing and offshore sailors. A strong team of women and men, les Bleus will be united under their flag and with one goal, to add another victory to France’s impressive sailing achievements!

300,000
Loick Peyron, SSL Team France Captain, had sailed around the world several times, and the sum of all his navigation is 300,000 miles!! 52 Transatlantic races and four round-the-world!

Statistics

THE COUNTRY

  • 1200 Yacht Clubs
  • 98000 Club Members
  • France mainland is bordered by 4 seas and 9000 km coast

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • 15 Olympic Gold Medals
  • 12 Olympic Silver Medals
  • 19 Olympic Bronze Medals
  • 8 Vendée Globe’s and 8 Jules Verne victories

Ssl ranking

  • SSL best ranked woman: 14
  • SSL best ranked man: 1 (2019)
  • SSL nations ranking: 7

MAIN EVENTS

  • Semaine Olympique Française
  • Tour de France à la Voile
  • Vendée Globe, Route du Rhum

The captain

Loïck Peyron

A living legend. From ‘round the World, Transatlantic and America’s Cup, few sailors have taken on so many challenges! Loïck with his spirit of sharing and helping the new generation is a true mentor for the French Team. His critical eye and mind see the potential in each sailor, offering the perfect advice, always with a note of humour!

The captain

THE LEADERS

Edouard Masse

« Doudou » is Loïck Peyron first choice ! The SSL Team France Captain, decided to select first the N.1, a tricky position requiring agility, speed and precision in action.

“Able to perform anything on board, physical and precise, fast and efficient, the N.1 is one the most important role on the SSL 47. Doudou’s experience in this position will bring confidence to the whole team.” Explains Loïck Peyron.
A role suited to Edouard Masse who at the age of 37 has competed in 5 Tour de France, many seasons in IRC and TP 52. At the head of his own sail loft, he is in his true element in this position dealing with sails and spinnaker, or on top of the mast!

Thibault Julien

In the pit:  is a natural with managing winches, halyard and other ropes, fine-tuning the boat. He sees it all, ears it all with great attention to detail. At the centre of all maneuvers, he is receptive to his teammates’ moves, anticipating their needs for perfect execution.
One of the French team youngest, Thibault has never the less added diversity to his curriculum, alternating training on the 49er (skiff double) with the French team, match racing where he took the French Youth national title, the foiling boats with the Flying Phantom, GC32 or ETF26, as well as a few seasons on the TP52 professional circuit! When he doesn’t sail, Thibault is on houses rooftops working in the family business!

Xavier Rohart

First selected through the SSL ranking, he has left his print on french sailing after 6 Olympic Campaigns in Finn and Star and a Bronze medal at the Athens Olympic Games. Coach for the French Sailing Federation, Xavier is also the SSL Team France manager, discovering talents in the rich diversity and potential of french sailors.

Xavier will bring his experience and calm to the afterguard where tactical decisions will be made to bring the French SSL 47 to victory!

THE LEADERSTHE LEADERS

Confirmed Athletes

 

LOÏCK PEYRON

 

Edouard MASSE

 

Thibault JULIEN

 

Aloïse Retornaz

 

Antony Munos

 

Kevin Peponnet

 

Emeric Michel

 

Xavier ROHART

 

Mathieu Richard

 

Jean-Baptiste Bernaz

 

Athlete #10

The SSL Gold Cup itself will start in May 2022 in Grandson, on Lake Neuchâtel and will run for six full weeks of competition. In a similar way to the Football World Cup, teams will be divided into seven groups and will take part in a succession of matches and play-off rounds culminating in the Grand Finale. Every five days, at the end of each round, half of the 16 participants of that round will be eliminated and eight new teams will join the qualifiers for the next elimination round. As in a tennis tournament, the order in which each nation enters the competition will depend upon its position in the world ranking (see below). The eight teams that claim the top positions in these rounds will move on directly to the quarter-finals. After the five week qualifying phase in Grandson, the fleet and the event village will move to Lake Geneva for the final two week phase of the SSL Gold Cup.

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