Le Défi Français 2000


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America's Cup Boats - - Le Défi Français 2000 - Abordage Expand

Ship model "Le Defi Français" also called "6ème Sens" : a Museum quality replica by Abordage

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1999 sees a new challenge structure with a dynamic, resourceful and youthful syndicate. Originally called "Yaka," ( French slang for 'just do it' ) the syndicate is the brainchild of Luc Gellusseau and Pierre Mas, of Corum Sailing Team fame.

Gellusseau who now runs the technical and design team, has managed to group together the best bits of the previous French challenges along with a large quantity of new, young talent. He and Mas realised that it was important to stay out of French national politics and to that end the syndicate is a relatively small budget operation.

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Size61 cm L x 102 cm Hgh
Historic NoteThe sponsorship was supplied early by two technology companies, Bouygues Telecom and Transiciel. Le Defi, as it is now called, only dreamt of building one boat and are well organised, completely transparent and very motivated. Bertrand Pacé is at the helm

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