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Yves ParlierIn April 2005, Yves PARLIER suffered a serious accident when his new 60 foot catamaran Médiatis-Région Aquitane capsized whilst he was attempting to break the 24 hour distance record. A fall of twelve metres broke three of PARLIER's vertebrae but he was not to be defeated.

After slowly overcoming the ordeal, PARLIER and his team worked diligently to understand the boat's potential and make another attempt on the record.

One year after the accident, a weather window opened up for PARLIER and he was back on the water with a crew of five. The long standing 24 hour distance record for a yacht up to 60 feet came tumbling down as PARLIER blasted his way across the North Atlantic, adding an enormous 57.81 nautical miles to the previous record held by Laurent BOURGNON (FRA) since 1994 to set the record at 597.81 nautical miles.

Just over a month later and PARLIER went for the double and on 18-19 May he snapped up the single-handed record as well. Covering 586 miles over 24 hours, PARLIER notched up an average speed of 24.41 knots and adding 43.3 nautical miles to the previous record.

Yves Parlier Sailing Feats

24 hour distance record, crewed up to 60 foot - Médiatis-Région Aquitane - 597.81 nm - average speed 24.91 knots - 9-10 Apr 2006
24 hour distance record, single-handed - Médiatis-Région Aquitane - 586 nm - average speed 24.41 knots - 18-19 May 2006

Name: Yves PARLIER (FRA)
Place of birth: Versailles (78 - France)
Date of birth: 22234
Profession: Skipper
What inspired you to take up sailing? By reading books of sailors and adventurers like Chichester, Moitessier, Damien, etc…
What was the first boat you sailed? An Optimist at the age of 8
How did you buy your first boat and what was it? I built a boat (a Kayak) and four windsurfers.
How did you buy your first boat and what was it? My first offshore boat was a mini and I built it too.
Name your first sailing club: Cercle de Voile du Pyla sur Mer (33)
What was the first event you competed in? Régate du sucre' on Optimist in 1972
What was the first event you won? Transat 650 - Mini transat in 1965
What are the main achievements/personal highlights of your sailing career? My last round world race : The Vendee Globe. When I broke my mast and rebuilt it. It was in 2000-2001.
What are you future sailing goals? I'd like to improve the 24h records with my catamaran MRA. I am also working on a new round the world trimaran class. It is a new monotype multihull class, with offshore and inshore races on all the continents
What does sailing mean to you? First of all it is to imagin and design a boat… In your dreams and then on the paper… Then, the boat is built, and you try to make it better, using the air and the sea…
Who has had the greatest impact on your sailing career and why? Eric TABARLY and his first place on the transat Plymouth-Newport 1976… An exceptional man won the race against technical problems, storms and the other boats, faster.
Who is your sailing hero? Eric TABARLY
What other sports do you enjoy? Mountaineering
What does being nominated for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards 2006 mean to you? I am really proud of it… and grateful
If you were voted as the winner, what would this mean to you? I can't imagine it before !

RWS - 2006 - Yves PARLIER

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