Owner, Jean Luc Petithuguenin, is passionate about his sailing; as is his crew. The majority core group are still amateur sailors who hold down full-time career day-jobs including a teacher, a doctor and a supermarket manager. The Breton team have been together since the latter days of the Admiral’s Cup, and won the Commodore’s Cup in 2006. They were especially successful offshore before coming to the TP52 and the 52 SUPER SERIES.
In 2015 they took on the former Rán Racing, a 2012 Vrolijk design, and have since continued to improve. Their objective as a group is simply that, to always sail to the best of their abilities and provide the occasional upset to the bigger teams, and every day their infectious enthusiasm spreads around the dock at each regatta.
Spurred by moments in the sun – great days for them when they finish close to the front of the fleet – the Paprec crew also made a point of bringing on board very young Olympic potential talent, giving them a very valuable early grounding in grand prix racing.
Their race win in Key West in 2017 was a high point of the season, a fun moment not just for the team but for everyone who shared their celebration! Similarly, everyone felt for them in Miami when they lost their mast, and they sailed incredibly in Mahón, serving notice of their real tactical ability. Look out 2018, here come the French!