Damien Seguin, Groupe Apicil, IMOCA, Vendée Globe, Route du Rhum, Vendée Arctique Les Sables d'Olonne
IMOCA Globe Series14th
Points147 pts
Age41 (9/3/79)
Top performance3-time Paralympic Games medalists in 2.4mR, 5 world titles
Joined Imoca on2018
TeamGroupe APICIL
PartnersGroupe APICIL, Mutuelle Intégrance, Mutuelle MBTP, Gresham, Intencial, Veralti, One Life
CommitmentFounder of Feet and Hands for more access to water sports for people with disabilities


Born without his left hand, Damien Seguin still manages to combine two careers: one in Paralympic sailing, the other in offshore racing. Triple Paralympic medallist in the 2.4 mR (gold medal in Athens and Rio and a silver in Beijing) and four-time world champion in this discipline, Damien first got into offshore racing in 2005 via the Figaro (one-design yacht measuring 10.20 metres in length and the craft of choice for the French Elite Offshore Racing Championship).

The skipper then moved up to the Class 40 (a 12-metre long monohull), competing in a series of races, with transatlantic passages as well as two Route du Rhums in 2010 and 2014… Determined and constantly striving to excel, the man who has spent years convincing others that his handicap is not an obstacle in his bid to immerse himself in the domain of able-bodied sport, is now taking on a huge challenge: the Vendée Globe.

Mobilized for disability 

The APICIL Group and its members, APICIL provident and Intégrance mutual insurance, specialists in supporting less able-bodied persons and dependents, have chosen to support the skipper Damien SEGUIN in his next challenge: to take the start of the Vendée Globe. The APICIL Group’s commitment to the support and inclusion of less able-bodied persons is one of the main focuses of its social welfare policies. This commitment translates as support for numerous associations, which are notably involved with less able-bodied athletes. 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.

Sailing Highlights

2020: Vendée-Arctique-Les Sables d'Olonne - Retired
Transat Jacques Vabre - 14th
Défi Azimut - 5th
Rolex Fastnet Race - 16th
Mondial 2.4 mR - 1st (5th title)
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


Groupe APICIL, IMOCA, Damien Seguin, Vendée Globe© Groupe Apicil

Sail numberFRA 1000
ArchitectFinot - Conq
Construction2007, Multiplast, Vannes
Former namesDCNS, Comme Un Seul Homme
Length18,28 m
Beam5,85 m
Draught4,5 m
Weight8,5 tonnes
Mast height29 m
Mast typeWing mast
Sail area max.
Upwind350 m2
Downwind610 m2


2020Vendée Globe


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