37 year old Paul Meilhat is one of the driving force of the IMOCA circuit. He has done Olympic sailing (Optimist, Laser and 49er) and was shaped to the offshore sea salt by the Figaro circuit in 2008.
Currently leading the IMOCA Globe Series Championship, the navigator is somebody of the stature to take part to both the Vendée Globe 2020 and The Ocean Race in 2021.
About The Ocean Race, the skipper said to the Figaro on February 6, 2019: I loved solo sailing, but sailing in crew is more in tune with my DNA. I appreciate human relationships and I like to highlight the competence of people around me. It’s much better for our monohulls to sail on other races than to be stored in car parks between two Vendée Globe.”
Paul sails double-handed the Transat Jacques Vabre with Samantha Davies aboard Initiatives Coeur this year.
Winner of the Azimut runs in 2015, winner of the Tour de Groix in 2016, winner of the Défi Azimut in 2017 and 2nd in 2018.
2018: Route du Rhum-Dest. Guadeloupe - 1st
Bermuda 1000 Race - 1st
Défi Azimut : 2nd
2017: Armen Race - 1st
Rolex Fastnet Race - 1st
Défi Azimut - 1st
Transat Jacques Vabre - 2nd with G.Gahinet
2016: Transat NY - Vendée - 4th
Vendée Globe - Withdrawal
Defi Azimut - 4th
2015: SNSM Record - 1st
Ar Men Race - 1st
Transat Jacques Vabre - Withdrawal
2014: La Solitaire du Figaro - 5th
Transat AG2R - 1st with G.Gahinet
2013: Solo Concarneau - 1st
Tour de Bretagne - 1st
2012: Transat AG2R - 4th
Solitaire du Figaro - 9th
2011: Solitaire du Figaro - 6th
2009: Solitaire du Figaro - 19th
2000: Espoir Laser Junior France Champion