Date of Birth: February 26, 1974
In: Paris, France
Status: Married, one son and one daughter
Something about him that you don't know: Charles is a merchant navy officer by trade.
He speaks: French and English
Who he is: Charles was raised in Brittany and he is one of France’s best offshore sailors. He is recognised for his victories in the Solitaire du Figaro and the double-handed Transat Jacques Vabre, and he played a key role onboard the winning French boat Groupama in 2011-12.
Charles is tough, honest and experienced - and he is willing to share his skills with the Chinese sailors to help progress towards a full Chinese crew in future races.
What he said: “I’ve seen it on my skipper and friend Franck Cammas in the last race: being a skipper is a huge responsibility and it’s demanding from a human point of view. But I’ve learned from my past experiences and I want to take these skills further. Becoming a Volvo Ocean Race skipper is a key step for me as a sailor and as a man.”
Previous Volvo Ocean Race:
2014-15 Dongfeng Race Team
2011-12 Groupama sailing team
On Twitter: @CCaudrelier