Having been selected to become a member of the Next World Energy team, Arthur Ponroy has taken his first step into the universe of the America’s Cup. “A legendary event, which has had me dreaming ever since I was a kid,” he explained. Exceptional boats and a very high standard: the Youth Team is a great opportunity for this young, talented sailor. “Arthur is intelligent, hard-working, clear in his choices and his analyses. Because of his strong charisma, he quickly stood out as the skipper. And he also has a good sense of humour,” Antoine Mermod, team manager for Energy Team said when talking about him. On the surface introverted, but far from being shy, it takes a while for Arthur to show his true colours and to open up. He says he is quiet and likes the home life. “I do sometimes enjoy a party to be able to relax. But I’m far from being the big party animal in the gang,” he joked.
Originally from the Paris region, Arthur Ponroy began racing at the age of 13 on a Mach 6.50. His sailing partner was none other than Edouard-Marie Alikigaléléi, another member of the Next World Energy crew. They often sailed together on an Open 7.50 and came up against some stiff competition. Then, Arthur showed what he could do in the Tour de France Sailing Race, in which he has competed four times. For two seasons, he has also been sailing a lot on a J80, so clearly is not lacking in experience.
But it was in Naples last April on board the Energy Team AC45 that he discovered what it was like to sail on these ultra-fast multihulls. He continued training aboard an Extreme 40 in Lorient. Things felt rather different from what he was used to, but it was certainly very thrilling too. Arthur soon found his feet. The young, ambitious skipper of Next World Energy sees in the Youth America’s Cup an opportunity to begin a new, exciting chapter in his life: “I would like to become involved in a project in the long term with this crew in the Extreme 40 circuit for example. That means we need to get a good result in the Youth Cup to show what we are capable of.”
Meanwhile, Arthur Ponroy is still studying at a business school in Lille. Since he became a student four years ago, he has always been able to arrange his timetable, which enables him to go out sailing. He has one year left to do to complete his diploma. “The Youth Cup takes place between 1st and 4th September, and it will be back to School on the fifth, so it’s a bit of a rush!” But it’s worth being a bit late in order to take that first step towards his dream.
His hobbies: he regularly competes in other sports, mainly football and running.
His musical tastes: a bit of everything, with a slight preference for rap and trip-hop.
Reading: a very important part of his studies, he has to read a lot of articles on the economy. He also enjoys reading the sports papers and magazines. Sometimes he reads a novel, but that is somewhat rarer.
Born in Paris on 8th April 1990 (23 years old). Lives in Lille.