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.
2019: 11th Bermuda 1000 Race in IMOCA
2018: 6th of the Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe
2017: Winner of the Tour de France à la Voile as skipper aboard Diam 24 Fondation FDJ – Des Pieds et Des Mains
2014: 8th of the Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe en Class40 (out of 50 boats)
2013: 7th of the Transat Jacques Vabre in Class 40 aboard ERDF - Des pieds et Des Mains (with Yoann Richomme)
2011: 2nd of the Transat Jacques Vabre en Class 40 aboard ERDF - Des pieds et Des Mains (avec Yoann Richomme)
2010: 10th of the Route du Rhum in Class 40 (45 boats took part in this race)
2009: 4th in Class 40 for the Solidaire du Chocolat
2006, 2007, 2008: participation in the Solitaire du Figaro
2016: gold medal at the Rio Paralympic Games in 2.4 mR
2012: London (Weymouth) 4th Paralympic Games in 2.4 mR
2008: silver medal at the Beijing Paralympic Games in 2.4 mR
2004: gold medal at the Athens Paralympic Games in 2.4 mR
5 World Champion titles in 2.4 mR (2019, 2015, 2012, 2007 and 2005)
22 World Cup victories in 2.4 mR
Flag bearer of the French Team and captain of the French Paralympic Team 2012
Officier de la légion d’honneur December 1, 2016
Officier de l’ordre national du mérite