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Earendil145

Eärendil is one of the newest boats in the fleet. She’ll be skippered by the French duo of Catherine Pourre and Antoine Carpentier who have steadily been moving up the Class40 ranks. Eärendil means ‘Lover of the Sea’ in Tolkien’s invented language of Quenya. The Lord of the Rings happens to be Catherine’s favorite movies as well.

  • Boat Name: Eärendil
  • Port of Registry: La Trinite – Sur – Mer
  • Builder: JPS Productions
  • Designer: Sam Manuard
  • Year Launched: 2015
  • Source of Energy Production: Solar panels and engine

Catherine Pourre

  • Age: 59
  • Hometown: Boulogne Sur Mer, France
  • Number of Trans-Atlantics: 2
  • Describe yourself in one word: Audacious
  • Career Highlights:
    2015 – 5th place in Les Sables – Horta – Les Sables
    2014 – 18th in Transat Jacques Vabre
    2013 – 4th in Grand Prix Guyader
  • Explain short-handed offshore sailing in less than 2 sentences? Be able to run a speed machine at maximum with a minimum of effort (still a lot) and maximum of intelligence.

Antoine Carpentier

  • Age: 40
  • Hometown: Bretagne, France
  • Number of Trans-Atlantics: 9
  • Describe yourself in one word: Young
  • Career Highlights:
    4x Tour de France a la Voile winner
    2x Quebec St Malo winner
    2015 – Fastnet overall winner
  • What are your sailing strengths? I know how to make a boat fast and safe.

Catherine Pourre

Where did you grow up? Boulogne Sur Mer (France)

Describe yourself in one word. Audacious

Family: Married with 3 children.  I have two sons, one is 24 and one is 22. I have a daughter as well who is 18.

What does taking care of the planet mean to you? It’s the future of our kids and theirs so we’d better take care of it.

If you had to convince someone to do their part in protecting our oceans, what would you say to them? It’s more than anything else the future of mankind with all the resources it contains.

What makes you tough enough to race in the Atlantic Cup? Freewill “Volonté”

For someone who doesn’t understand short-handed offshore sailing, can you explain it in less than 2 sentences? Be able to run a speed machine at maximum with a minimum of effort (still a lot) and maximum of intelligence.

How old were you when you first went sailing? 16.

How did you get into competitive sailing? Much later on, some 7 years ago because I had time and enough money.

Describe sailing to you in one word. The luxury of being alone (or in very limited numbers) and able to maneuver at the top in one of the last adventurous area of the world.

In what way are you superstitious before a race? I’m not.

Number of transatlantic crossings under sail: 2.

What is one of your goals for your sailing career? No specific goal: I have no sailing career. I am a mere amateur and I ‘d like to race in good conditions for as long as I can.

What is your 2016 race schedule? Heineken Regatta, Les Voiles de St Barth, Atlantic Cup, Quebec St Malo, Normandy Chanel Race, and maybe RORC transatlantic in December.

How did you meet your co-skipper? In La-Trinite-sur –Mer, a small world.

What are the strengths of your co-skipper? Talentuous, courageous, easy to sail with and very good at keeping the ship in good shape.

What are your sailing strengths? Organization skills, humility.

What do you like most about being offshore? Adventure, calm, hostility sometimes.

What is your biggest fear of being alone on deck? Falling in the water!

What makes you and your co-skipper a good team? We share the same objectives. We are very complementary.

What do you see is your biggest challenge in this race? Discovery of new places that we are not used too.

How do you rate your chances in the Atlantic Cup? Who do you think is the favorite? I have no idea as many things can happen. I do not know all of the teams.

Is it true that if you sleep on the offshore legs you’ll lose? Maybe for the shortest one, but it is necessary to sleep to keep lucid on a 600 miles long race.

What is your favorite type of music? Jazz.

What’s your favorite thing to eat when you’re offshore? Petits plats prepares.

Least favorite? Lyophilisés.

What is your favorite movie? Lord of the Rings.

What do you do to relax during your free time? I travel, but not often. I work a lot.

Do you have any hidden talents? Skiing.

Antoine Carpentier

Where did you grow up? Bretagne, France

Describe yourself in one word. Young

What does taking care of the planet mean to you? It’s essential [to take care of our planet] if humans want to survive.

If you had to convince someone to do their part in protecting our oceans, what would you say to them? Change your way of life, the earth is a limited resource.

Our theme this year is #AtCup1Thing where we want fans to commit to  doing one thing for the planet. What’s the one thing you do to protect the planet or our oceans? I don’t use too much water and I don’t use plastic bags.

For someone who doesn’t understand short-handed offshore sailing, can you explain it in less than 2 sentences? Racing 100% of the machine without sleeping much for two or three days.

How old were you when you first went sailing? I can’t remember…less than 5 years old.

How did you get into competitive sailing? My dad was passionate [about racing] and brought me along with him.

Describe sailing to you in one word. Liberty

In what way are you superstitious before a race? No.

Number of transatlantic crossings under sail: 9

What is one of your goals for your sailing career? sail solo and win a famous race.

What is your 2016 race schedule? Quebec St Malo

How did you meet your co-skipper? Through friends.

What are the strengths of your co-skipper? Humility.

What are your sailing strengths? I know how to make a boat fast and safe.

What do you like most about being offshore? Liberty, autonomy.

What is your biggest fear of being alone on deck? Falling into the sea without anyone seeing you.

What makes you and your co-skipper a good team? We know each other well (have sailed more than 3000 nm together).

What do you see is your biggest challenge in this race? Winning.

How do you rate your chances in the Atlantic Cup? Who do you think is the favorite? Gonzalo Botin.

Is it true that if you sleep on the offshore legs you’ll lose? No, if you don’t sleep you will lose.

Other than sailing, what is your favorite sport? Hand ball.

What is your favorite type of music? Everything except hard rock and techno.

What’s your favorite thing to eat when you’re offshore? Pasta

What do you do to relax during your free time? diving and spending time with my 2 kids.

Do you have any hidden talents? I can do a lot of things but am not an expert in any one.

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