The sailor from Vevey, a small town on the shores of Lake Geneva, is increasingly establishing himself as a rising star in ocean racing.
It's not often that French sailors pay almost unanimous tribute to the invaders! However, Nils Palmieri has won the praise of his contemporaries on the Figaro circuit. After a very complicated start to the season in more ways than one, the sailor from Vevey turned things around during the flagship event of the Figaro Class championship. He was named the most combative sailor of the 52nd edition during the three legs of this Solitaire du Figaro. This XXL performance (6th, the best Swiss result behind Laurent Bourgnon's victory and Dominique Wavre's 2nd place) will go down as the most accomplished of his career.
This recognition and this prize are of incalculable value to me,"he explains. Even more than the raw result, 6th, it's the way I sailed that has been rewarded. I never gave up in any of the three legs. And each time I was in the match for victory or the podium, having chosen my own path. That was my objective before the start: I wanted to ride Palmieri and I rode Palmieri! And the fact that that's what the organisers are putting forward is really something for me.
He is now Oliver Heer's co-skipper on the next Défi Azimut.