Interview: Sebastien Rogues – Team ENGIE
If he was a start-up business entrepreneur rather than a professional yacht racer, we would describe Sebastien Rogues’ abrupt switch two years ago from a successful solo ocean racing to skippering a five-man crew on an inshore foiling catamaran, as a strategic ‘pivot’.
From age six when he first took to the water near his family home in southwestern France Rogues seemed set on the familiar course towards a Vendee Globe campaign that so many of his fellow countrymen had already successfully navigated.
Rogues first offshore boat was a Pogo 2 Mini 6.50 in which he finished the 2009 Mini Transat Race in eighth place – a good result considering he missed the start due to damage.
He backed up this early promise with an impressive couple of seasons during which he won the 2010 Mini Barcelona, the Chrono 6.50 and the Pornichet Select races and the opening leg of the 2011 Mini Transat.
2012 saw Rogues trade up in waterline length to a production Class 40 in which he finished an impressive third in the Quebec to Saint Malo race. Hungry for more performance the young Frenchman commissioned his own Class 40 – a Sam Manuard designed Mach 40.
A string of victories immediately followed including class wins in the 2013 Rolex Fastnet Race and Transat Jacques Vabre. Rogues’ winning spree continued in 2014 until damage to his wind instruments and his mainsail sustained in severely stormy conditions in.... READ THE FULL ARTICLE