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Finistère Course au large : our Offshore Sailing Centre

Teamwork & Results

Since it was created in 1990, this Centre of Excellence and Collaboration has achieved one success after another: 18 victories in the Solitaire du Figaro; 7 in the Transat AG2R La Mondiale; a magnificent clutch of results (1st, 2nd and 4th place) in the Vendée Globe 2012-2013*. These exceptional results are all thanks to a particular state of mind.  

In the reception area of Pôle Finistère Course au Large in Port-la-Forêt (picture on the right), there’s a board showing the forty or so sailors based there. It would be tricky to choose one name over another, as so many talents, prize-winners and charismatic personalities come together here, mounting up to create the complete picture.

Indeed, this is the primary strength of this Centre, which is the only one of its kind in the world. A rational approach and collective emulation are its hallmarks. Right from the start, Christian Le Pape and Loïc Ponceau have been enthusiastic and conscientious in working to achieve this delicate alchemy that balances group progress and individual goals. 

It’s the story of a band of genuine friends who decided to join forces by accepting the notion that their respective merits at any point would ultimately only be decided by the sea itself. There is no better lesson in humility.   

* More information on the complete list of prizes won by Pôle sailors is available on the website www.polefinistere.com

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