Auguin, Christophe

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Auguin, Christophe Gender: M
Christophe Michel Auguin
born on 10 December 1959 at 13:15 (= 1:15 PM )
Place Granville, France, 48n50, 1w36
Timezone MET h1e (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Petitallot
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French sailor, the winner of the boat challenge in Sydney. On the morning of 2/17/1997 at 9.33 AM local time (08:33 GMT), Auguin crossed the finish line of the Vendée Globe single-handed non-stop race around the world. In doing so, he set a new course record of 105 days, 20 hours, 31 minutes and 23 seconds, more than three and a half days better than the previous record set by Titouan Lamazou in the inaugural contest in 1989-'90. Auguin now has to be considered one of the greatest single-handed sailors of all time -- if not the greatest.

Auguin was the son of a physical education teacher and a mother who was a primary school teacher. He went for his first sail when he was five-years-old on his father's 25-foot Muscadet. At age 15, he discovered offshore racing and competed in the Fastnet Race, Cowes-Dinard Race, Cherbourg-Solent Race, Channel Race and others with assiduity for ten years. During this time, Auguin was also studying mechanical engineering, and upon receiving his degree became a teacher, which allowed him plenty of time to advance his sailing skills.

His first calling was always the sea. His record speaks for itself. He has entered three single-handed round-the-world races -- BOC Challenge (twice) and the Vendée -- and won all of them. He is the only skipper ever to achieve such a feat.

In 1986, after winning the Figaro Solo Race, Auguin decided to become a professional sailor. He competed in the Figaro twice more, and also sailed on the Formula 40 catamaran circuit with his friend Pascal Leys (who sadly was lost during the 1993 Mini Transit).

In 1991, Auguin won his first single-handed race around the world, the BOC Challenge. In 1993, Auguin asked Groupe Finot for a new design for the BOC and the Vendée Globe. The boat, Sceta Calberson -- now Geodis -- was built at the JMV Shipyard in Cherbourg. He sailed it to victory in the BOC in 1994-'95, and now the Vendée Globe. During the '94-'95 BOC, Auguin logged 350.9 miles during a 24-hour period in December 1994. Then, while delivering the boat from Charleston, S.C. (finish port of the BOC), in the summer of '95 with a crew of five, Sceta Calberson covered 447.5 miles, an incredible average of 18.64 knots, during one 24-hour period.

Link to Wikipedia biography (French)


  • Work : Prize 1986 (Figaro Solo Race)
  • Work : Prize 1991 (BOC Challenge)
  • Death of Significant person 1993 (Friend and sig. crew member, Pascal Leys)
  • Work : Prize 1995 (BOC Challenge)
  • Work : Great Achievement 17 February 1997 at 09:33 AM in Sydney, Australia (Record setting and winning the Vendee Globe race)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.

Source Notes

Petitallot quotes B.C., Cadran No.15, 1/1995


  • Vocation : Education : Teacher (Engineering)
  • Vocation : Sports : Sailing/ Boating (Pro sailor, record setter)
  • Vocation : Travel : Adventurer
  • Notable : Awards : Sports Championship (World record holder, BOC Challenge, Vendee Globe)
  • Notable : Awards : Vocational award (Numerous; World speed record)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession (Set records, one of the greatest)