Basil Bourgnon walks in the footsteps of his father

The son of Laurent Bourgnon will take Sunday the start of the 14th edition of the Transat Jacques-Vabre, between Le Havre and Salvador de Bahia in Brazil.

Among the competitors engaged in class 40, the boats of 12 meters, the youngest has a familiar name: Basile Bourgnon. He is the son of Laurent Bourgnon, double winner of the Route du Rhum, double winner of the Transat Jacques-Vabre, who died in a diving accident in Polynesia four years ago. And the physical resemblance to his father is troubling. The frame is substantially the same, the blue look too, the voice soft and posed. At just 17, Basil Bourgnon is following in his father's footsteps. Before his first race, the youngest skipper in the fleet has the weight of his name in the history of sailing. “It's always good to hear about it because I'm proud of my father, what he did, ” He says.

He taught me everything he knew on a boat, on the water, ashore. All that, I hold him from him.Basil Bourgnonat franceinfo

Bac in hand with a year in advance, student in materials engineering at the IUT Nantes, Basile Bourgnon has tested on many media since his first dinghy offered by his father for his 6 years.

The sea is his element, said Emmanuel Le Roch, former teammate of his father who decided to embark on Eden Red. “It's natural for him to be on the water, the boat, it moves in all directions, it feels like home, there is no apprehension. a grain, a storm … That's how it fits, Laurent was like that too. AT In my opinion, it will go very far! We will hear about his name, but also his name! ” Emmanuel Le Roch assured.

Basile Bourgnon (G) and Emmanuel Le Roch (D), ready to challenge the 14th edition of the Transat Jacques-Vabre aboard Eden Roch. (FABRICE RIGOBERT / FRANCE-INFO)

And Basile already knows how far he wants to go. The Vendée Globe why not, with the ultimate maxi trimaran in sight. The Bourgnon have multihulls in the blood, he explains, with a smile on his face.

Meet Basile Bourgnon, Laurent's son, with Fabrice Rigobert.


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