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Paul MEILHAT

Paul MEILHAT
Nationality : Française
Age : 35 years
Website : www.smacourseaularge.com
Skipper principal de : SMA (FRA 1859)

General ranking

Season Ranking points
Saison 2017-2018 1 009 pts
2015-2016 Season 23 062 pts
Paul Meilhat never gives up and can often be seen sailing at the front. A mighty sailor, who now lives in Brest, he is up there with the best with whom he trains in Port La Forêt. Paul Meilhat comes from dinghy sailing and the Olympic classes, having competed in the Laser and demanding 49er series and managed to hone his skills via the Figaro Bénéteau circuit. He made his first appearance in the circuit in 2008 competing in the Cap Istanbul asserting his desire to succeed in this sport. He trained hard with very few means before convincing a small partner to join him… In the following year he stood out in the 2009 Solitaire as second best rookie and in some legs was up there with the frontrunners. Very quickly, Paul went from the 10m one-design boat to a 60-ft Open. Now for his preparation, he is taking advantage of the experience of the two times winner, Michel Desjoyeaux and the Mer Agitée race team. The two have worked and sailed together. The boat, SMA, is none other than the boat used by François Gabart to smash the Vendée Globe record in the last race. If the same method gives the same result…

It is just an anecdote, but “Paulo” knows a lot of shanties, which we regularly hear when he wins. He has a keen sense of humour, but once again, let there be no mistake. When in 2014 he won the Transat AG2R (with Gwénolé Gahinet), he really asserted himself and went on to confirm his talent with a fifth place in the Solitaire du Figaro. SMA chose him to display their colours and he certainly has the means to achieve his ambitions, this time on an IMOCA, as the company gave him the boat that everyone was after. This will however be his first round the world voyage, but just like Morgan Lagravière, Paul has got what it takes to be up there with the leaders. A sailor to keep a close eye on!

His preparation got behind schedule after his serious injury sustained at sea in December in the transatlantic race between St Barth and Port La Forêt. Paul was lifted off in hellish conditions and his boat was saved at the last moment, as she drifted away from the Azores all the way up to Ireland!

IMOCA races historic

nautical resume

2016 - Transat NY - Vendée

2015 - Transat St Barth - Port La Forêt

2015 - Transat Jacques Vabre

2015 - Record SNSM

2015 - Ar Men Race

2014 - Transat AG2R

2014 - Solo Basse Normandie

2014 - La Solitaire du Figaro

2013 - Solo Concarneau

2013 - Générali Solo

2013 - Tour de Bretagne

2012 - Transat AG2R

2012 - Solitaire du Figaro

2012 - TP Med Race

2011 - Solitaire du Figaro

2011 - Solo Concarneau

2009 - Solitaire du Figaro

2005 - Préparation Olympique

2005 - Chamionnat d'Europe

2003 - Championnat de France

2001 - Championnat de France

2000 - Championnat de France

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