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Nationality : Française
Age : 58 years
Website : www.madeinmidi.org
Skipper principal de : Bastide - Otio

General ranking

Season Ranking points
Saison 2017-2017 8 027 pts
2015-2016 Season 36 013 pts
2012-2013 season 19 013 pts
2011 - 2012 Season 14 040 pts
2010 - 2011 Season 17 027 pts
His kid sister just could not pronounce “Christophe” properly so his name became Kito and it remained for the rest of his life. And what a life! Kito is an adventurous jack of all trades who discovered the joy of sailing on a Dordogne lake with a wooden optimist dinghy built by his father. At the age of 17, his “salty” passion for regatta grew even stronger when his family moved to Port Camargue. He became France’s National Mini-Tonner Champion and, two years later, sailed across the Atlantic for the first time on the family ketch «Rackam le rouge». After exploring Martinique equipped with a sextant only, he went on with his discovery of wild areas by sailing on Lake Tanganyika.

His adventurer’s soul then took him to the West Indies, the Indian Ocean, the Pacific Ocean, the Red Sea, the China Sea…

In between trips, Kito owns the Espiguinguette, a piece of heaven located on a spit of sand in Camargue. In 1999, supported by his family and encouraged by Denis Horeau – who was the Fishing Ports Challenge manager back then – he started competing in the Figaro class. In 2002, this talented Mediterranean guy won the Solitaire and emerged from the shadows. Bernard Gallay and Jean Le Cam offered him to compete with them in transatlantic events in tandem on 60-foot race yachts. In 2005, Bel decided to work with this charming competitor and, after two successful seasons on the Figaro class, started the construction of the Goupe Bel 60-foot monohull. Since 2007, the skipper and his Laughing Cow (Vache qui rit® in French) have covered 100,000 miles, the equivalent of four circumnavigations, either for competition or to meet Bel employees on the five continents.

8,500 of them left their fingerprints on the boat’s mast as a token of encouragement. Thanks to Bel, the Vendée Globe is already shining around the world!

IMOCA races historic

nautical resume

2015 - Transat Jacques Vabre

2014 - Route du Rhum

2014 - Transat AG2R

2013 - Transat Jacques Vabre

2013 - Grand Prix Guyader

2013 - Fastnet Race

2013 - Grand Prix de Prince de Bretagne

2013 - Grand Prix de Fécamp

2013 - Record Marseille - Carthage

2012 - Europa Warm'Up

7th in the Europa Warm'Up

2012 - Vendée Globe


2011 - Transat Jacques Vabre

5th in the Transat Jacques Vabre with Yann Regniau

2010 - Solitaire du Figaro

9th in the Solitaire du Figaro

2010 - Barcelona World Race

Participation in the Barcelona World Race with Sébastien Audigane (Withdrawal)

2009 - Istanbul Europa Race

2nd in the Istanbul Europa Race

2009 - Transat Jacques Vabre

2nd in the Transat Jacques Vabre with François Gabart

2008 - Vendée Globe

Participation in the Vendée Globe (Withdrawal)

2007 - Transat Jacques Vabre

6th in the Transat Jacques Vabre with Sebastien Col

2007 - Transat B to B

2nd in the Transat B to B

2006 - Transat Ag2r

Winner of the Transat Ag2r

2006 - Solo Méditerranée

Winner of the Solo Méditerranée

2005 - Transat Jacques Vabre

3rd in the Transat Jacques Vabre

2003 - Tour de France à la Voile

Winner of the Tour de France à la Voile

2002 - Solitaire du Figaro

Winner of the Solitaire du Figaro

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