Date of Birth: 26 February 1974
In: Paris, France
Legs sailed in this edition: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
In-Port Races: Alicante, Lisbon, Cape Town, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Auckland, Itajaí, Newport, Cardiff, Gothenburg
Something about him that you don't know: Charles is a merchant navy officer by trade.
Who he is: One of France’s best offshore sailors, Charles made the step from success in the Solitaire du Figaro and the Transat Jacques-Vabre to play a key role onboard winning boat Groupama in 2011-12. He returned the following race as skipper of Dongfeng Race Team, writing a new chapter in China’s sailing history – and lines up with a solid, mixed crew for a third consecutive edition in 2017-18. 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.
Previous Volvo Ocean Races:
2014-15 Dongfeng Race Team
2011-12 Groupama sailing team