Born without a left hand, Damien Seguin has two careers: one in Paralympic sailing and the other one in offshore racing. He is a three-time Paralympic medalist in 2.4 mR (gold medalist in Athens and Rio and a silver medal in Beijing) and a five-time world champion in this sport, Damien made his debut in the offshore race in 2005 in Figaro before moving to Class 40, a boat on which he took part in several transatlantic races (Route du Rhum in 2010 and 2014 and Transat Jacques Vabre in 2011 and 2013 with Yoann Richomme).
After winning the Tour de France à la Voile in 2017, the skipper has another goal: the Vendée Globe in2020. His dream of taking the helm of an IMOCA came true last year when he became the skipper of the 60’ APICIL Group.
By finishing 6th in 2018 in his very first offshore race in a 60’ monohull - the Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe -, Damien Seguin proved that he was capable of taking the helm of a boat which has the size of an IMOCA. As usual, he managed his race with method, determination and clarity. While the sailor in Damien Seguin did not hesitate sometimes to slow down in order to preserve his boat, the competitor in him did not give up anything and fetch the 2nd after the winner, Paul Meilhat.
One objective: to support the development of sports practice at every level and for everyone. Through sharing these common values a bond was naturally formed between these protagonists and Damien Seguin as the skipper is also extremely committed to equality between less able-bodied and able-bodied persons.
2019: Transat Jacques Vabre - 14th
2019: Défi Azimut - 5th
2019: Rolex Fastnet Race - 16th
2019: Mondial 2.4 mR - 1st (5th title)
2019: Bermudes 1000 Race - 11th
2018: Route du Rhum - 6th
2018: Dhream Cup 700 - 4th
2018: Bermudes 1000 Race - 3rd
2017: Tour de France à la Voile - 1st
2016: Paralympic Games (Rio) 2.4 mR - Gold
2012: Paralympic Games (London) 2.4 mR - 4th
2008: Paralympic Games (Beijing) 2.4 mR - Silver
2004: Paralympic Games (Athens) 2.4 mR - Gold
5 World Champion Title in 2.4 mR (2015, 2012, 2007, 2005 and 2019)
22 World Cup victory titles in 2.4 mR