“It's a chance, at 17, to be on mythical races like this one!” Sunday, October 27, in Le Havre (Seine-Maritime), Basil Bourgnon will take the start, with the skipper of Edenred Emmanuel Le Roch, the Transat Jacques-Vabre. He will become the youngest sailor in the history of the race, a little over twenty years after the coronation of his father, Laurent Bourgnon, sailing genius and double winner of the competition (1995, 1997) disappeared during a dive at sea in 2015.
If he never followed his father in competition – Laurent Bourgnon had definitely turned his back on his life as an offshore runner in 2004 to fully enjoy his family – he was nonetheless inspired. “I do not do it for him, to prove something to him Sailing, I really wanted and knew that I was going to make my life there 2-3 years ago.” He was already there to know it was going to be my job, but here it is, an example “, says Bourgnon to franceinfo. Emmanuel Le Roch, friend of the family, completes: “Forcibly, Laurent is very present in our heads, because already it's his dad, so it's normal.And me, it's a friend so obviously it remains engraved in our memories.And then he brought us so much that we owe him that. “
On Sunday, they will leave Le Havre for Salvador de Bahia, Brazil. “We, our goal is to pass the boats of our generation”, explains Basil Bourgnon. Ready, he has already achieved a first goal: to participate. “It's the realization of a dream – I'm not going to say childhood, because I'm not very far away – but from a young age.”