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Charline Picon (FRA)

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Factfile

Name Charline Picon
Nation France
Date of Birth 23 December 1984
Place of Birth Royan, France
Class sailed RS:X
Website http://www.charline-picon.com/ Twitter @piconcharline Click here for a photo gallery

Charline Picon's aim for 2014 was straight to the point, become Women's RS:X World Champion. The title had eluded Picon on eight previous attempts but her thirst for the crown was persistent. Having shown her rivals she meant business at ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca and the European Championship she went into the Santander 2014 ISAF Worlds as red hot favourite. She laid down a day one marker with two race wins and never looked back, taking the title with a day to spare and finished a staggering 40 points clear of second place.

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Achievements between 1 September 2013 and 21 September 2014

Major achievements

World Championship
1 - Santander 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships, ESP - Sep 2014

ISAF Sailing World Cup
1 - ISAF SWC Mallorca, ESP - Mar 2014
6 - ISAF SWC Miami, USA - Feb 2014

100 Point Regatta
1 - RS:X Europeans, Alactai, TUR - Jun 2014
1 - Semaine Olympique Francaise, La Rochelle, FRA - Oct 2013

Other
1 - 2014 Aquece Rio - International Sailing Regatta, Rio de Janeiro, BRA - Aug 2014
1 - 2013 ISAF Sailing World Championship Test Event, Santander, ESP - Sep 2013

#4 ISAF Sailing World Rankings (counting 5 from a possible 6 results)

Q&A

What inspired you to take up sailing?



What was the first boat you ever sailed and how old were you?

Optimist when I was 10 years old with my school

Name your first sailing club

Club Nautic La Tremblade

What was the first event you competed in and in what year?

French Championship in 1998, Martigues Lake

What are you personal sailing career highlights?

This year with the gold at the ISAF Sailing World Championships, in the Europeans, in the Test event and in the Palma World Cup. My first medal in RSX was very nice too, in Brest 2008 with silver.

What are your future sailing goals?

Have the same year in 2015 and for sure looking for gold in Rio 2016...

Who has had the greatest impact on your sailing and career and why?

My family and friends who supported be to join Oman Sail's Women Sailing Program. My colleage and team mated in Oman Sail and my mentor Dee Caffari.

Who is your sailing hero?

Faustine Merret, gold in Athens

What other sports do you enjoy?

Stand up paddle, ski during winter and windsurfing in waves

What does being nominated for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards mean to you and how would you feel if you were voted the winner?

It's an honor and I'm proud. Only great sailors are nominated. I know I had a great year but didn't realize fully...If I am the winner i will be so happy and proud.
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