He may not be well known to the general public, but in the world of regattas, Jean-Marie Dauris is well known everywhere, especially among the Anglo-Saxons. And for good reason. His CV and his eclecticism are quite impressive: Olympic Games, three America's Cups, Transat races, the international TP 52 circuit, match racing, or maxi yachts or the J Class... always as number one, strapped into his mountaineer's harness, therefore on the foredeck or sometimes in the mast, where dexterity, agility, physical power and anticipation condition the success of each manoeuvre.
Born two and a half months before Yannick Bestaven in the autumn of 1972, the two sailors began windsurfing together.
When they left their teens, with sailing instructor diplomas in their pockets, the two students scoured the Arcachon basin every summer at the sailing school, quickly shining in regattas, lifting their first trophies without ever forgetting to celebrate as they should. For three decades, they have been like the fingers of a hand. So it's not surprising that Jean-Marie, technical director of the Maître CoQ team, is a bit of a guardian angel, taking part in all the off-race sailing, focusing on the boat's performance, 'spying' on his accomplice like a surveillance camera.
Behind this expert, who knows Maître CoQ in its every corner, is a formidable competitor, with colossal experience of top level racing. Replacing Roland Jourdain at short notice with a back injury in the 2019 Transat Jacques Vabre was a natural move: "We know each other by heart, the sailor and the boat. Yannick has this ability to never give up, with unsuspected resources - he proved it during the Vendée Globe. He is so well versed in the weather, he will be managing the strategy, and I will be looking after the boat as best I can. Strong and resilient, the sailor seems to have returned from their qualification - a round trip sailed with a lot of energy between La Rochelle and the Fastnet - as fresh as during a trip in the bay. At just 49 years of age, the Arcachon native is clearly the kind of sailor you dream of sailing with... with your eyes closed.
Now the team's technical director, Jean-Marie will replace the injured Yannick Bestaven on Maitre CoQ V in the next Guyader Bermudes 1000 Race.