Audrey Tautou launches MichDes' latest Foncia
With a degree of theatricality, Michel Desjoyeaux's new MOD70 Foncia was christened today on Ile Saint-Nicolas in Les Glenans islands off the coast of Brittany, renowned for its sailing school - Henry Desjoyeaux, Michel's father having been one of its founders back in 1947.
Assembled on beach were Desjoyeaux' family, team members and representative for the trimaran's sponsor, Foncia. The white hulled trimaran was christened by French actress Audrey Tautou, heroine of the Hollywood blockbuster, The Da Vinci Code.
Tautou has a passion for the sea and a strong admiration for those who race on it. A friend of Desjoyeaux after the two met on a television program, she was in Barcelona over the new year to see off the Barcelona World Race in which Desjoyeaux was competing with Francois Gabart.
Alongside Michel Desjoyeaux and his crew, Tautou proudly acknowledged the boat's sponsor, breaking the traditional bottle on the bow of the trimaran's central hull.
"I am very proud and happy too," said Tautou. "Beyond the beauty of the boat, the skipper's talent impresses me. It makes me so happy to be here, in the Glénans - it's magic! I know the sea and oceans, but the world of the competition is completely unknown to me. I loved how I was greeted by Michael and his team. The world of racing is more than a sport, it's also a way of living one's art, with the elements and the sea in terms of sensations. This multihull is extraordinary."
Desjoyeaux added: "A christening is a maritime tradition that perpetuates. Before we leave for our first competition - this sealed the moment. With the whole team, we have discovered in Audrey someone who is completely fascinated by the sea and boats. I knew it would please her to be the boat's godmother! As for Glénan - it is my paradise ... "
Yves Gevin, CEO of Group FONCIA commented: "I am very happy to be here, together with the employees of Foncia, Michel, the boat's godmother and his team in the privacy of this little corner of paradise. This christening is like a nice family celebration before the first competition of this new boat in the colours of the group. Michel and his crew, who recently won the Vulcan Trophy [for the D35 catamarans], gave a strong signal, and successfully achieved a very promising start for the rest of this new multihull program. "
The Krys Match Cup for the three new MOD70s as well as Gitana 11 starts this Thursday.