- 7th overall, your best result , your first top 10 in the World Cup , you have waited for this moment since a long time…
Yes very happy with my season, my goal is reached! I worked hard this year to be better and it worked out ! Since the last two seasons, I know that it’s possible, my results on PWA’s stops showed me that I could realize a top 10 , particularly in Korea when I was 2nd in 2012. I was also more and more present in winning finals. But the top 10 was really my goal this top 10. It would have been a disappointment not to be . And it happened!
- A big jump in the ranking between 2012 and 2013 , why have you been better this season ?
I have increased my time of training on the water, and my physical preparation, including much more mountain biking. Every day , if the wind is not good, I did three hours of sport. I went up on each event a full week before the race to train, to analyse the spot and the environment to be at 300% during the races ! I Also really improved my training / racing schedule , it is important to be organized … In the race, my start and jibes are better now.
- Best memory of the PWA season?
When I heard that I was the 7th of annual ranking ! … In making the calculations , at first I thought I was 8th . I left Sylt before the announcement of overall results and on the road , Pierre Mortefon sends me a message to tell me that I was 7th ! too happy in the truck!
- « Best » stress?
No stress! 😉 … there ‘s always a bit of stress before the races . The most is in quarter- final because it is always a big level and there are 7 or 8 top racers who are able to qualify for the semifinals. Sometimes the quarter’s level is greater than a semifinal or final . And if you fail in the quarter, you lose a pack of points!
- « Best » disappointment ?
At the stage of Costa Brava World Cup , in the penultimate race, I was 10th in the overall ranking and in the latest round , I lose 10 places !
- Best sensation ?
When I won the third round in Turkey ! … before the first mark, t I came from leeward and I just avoided a crash with Alberto and Cyril . I jibed the first and then I have a feeling of incredible pure gliding. Alone in front of the racers , not embarrassed , fresh wind, only focused on my speed. Then, the sensation of crossing the winning line was crazy !
- « Best » angry ?
Last round in Costa Brava, in the mid course of quarter final, I was in 2nd place. In gybing, I stoped after the buoy , impossible to start, I was alone and I couldn’t start! I thought that comity will cancelled ! Other racers passed me… i didn’t qualified for the semi final… so I lost 10 places overall ! in fact, it had already happened before for some other riders and comity cancelled … so i was very angry!!
- Best exceeded?
Several memories, especially on jibe of mark 1. For example, in Sylt, once I arrived 6 and I came out 3rd . This season, I have done several times in Korea and Turkey. This is also one of my significant progress this season.
- Best start
Semifinal in Turkey , the first round in 7.8 . It glided quickly, I « broke » the startline in the down side and I came up with a comfortable lead at the first mark …
- Best Sail for you?
- « Best » mistake ?
In Sylt, being late at a starting procedure … I wanted to change my fin on the beach, finally I didn’t because I had a doubt of the time to change. So, I started to go to the race area but I sticked, impossible to start. After a moment, I succeeded to arrive in the comity boat in the same time my heat starting! I jibed the committee boat and I tried to earth sylt Qualifying in the neck , I can not leave, I come to the committee and the others were taking the start … I jibe the committee boat… I finished 5th, just behind the 4th …
- Best goals for 2014 ?
Better than the 2013 season …
- How are you organized your offseason for a best preparation ?
In recent years, I worked a lot with Pierre Mortefon who also had a good season : 12th . The past 3 years he came to St. Barth for 1 month and half just before the St. Barth Fun Cup, the first international racing. This year , it will be him again because we talk a lot about our sailing sensations and do not hide anything , we are here to progress together and now work pays ! This offseason, we will put some racing marks. I am currently putting it in place, all this thing we were doing very little the past seasons in St Barth .
- Best sponsors for next year ? more generous?
It is negotiating … so too early to tell …