As the Youth America’s Cup due to take place in San Francisco in early September draws near, Energy Team will carry on presenting the various members of Next World Energy. After the skipper Arthur Ponroy, it’s now time to take a look at the man who will shortly be at the helm of the French AC45: Antoine Lauriot-Prévost. We’re looking at an all-round sportsman, whose passion is sailing…
At the age of 23, Antoine Lauriot-Prévost has found himself at the helm of the Next World Energy AC45. In San Francisco in early September, the fate of the French crew in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, the America’s Cup for under 25s will be in his expert hands. This huge responsibility suits this quiet young man, who hesitated for a while between the pleasures of the football stadium in Arradon and the windier and wetter conditions of the Gulf of Morbihan and Quiberon Bay, down to the ground. When your father is one of the most famous designers of racing sailboats (Vincent Lauriot-Prévost from the VPLP team), let’s just say that the family environment edges you towards the waves and sea spray. “I don’t have many passions other than boats,” Lauriot-Prévost senior smiled. ”Antoine grew up in this world from an early age. By the time he was four, we had already sailed on a family long trip in the French West Indies. And he often came down to the boat yard with me on visits. He managed to get invited to carry out delivery trips for people like Marc Guillemot, Fred Le Peutrec, Michel Desjoyeaux…”
At the SRV sailing club in Vannes, then at the Cata School in Larmor Baden, Antoine Lauriot-Prévost became interested in multihulls from the outset. He began racing at the age of ten, went through the whole of the multihull training with the French Federation and got some top results, such as in Hobie Cat 16, in which he was French and European youth champion in 2008. But he also raced on F18s and other boats: he was one of the youngsters that were noticed in the SOG-Safran Team in the 2011 Tour de France Sailing Race. He was also bowman on a J80, “which helps me understand what it is like for the man at the front, when I’m at the helm.”
“You might think he’s reserved”, explained Antoine Mermod, the team manager for Energy Team, “On first appearances, he appears very quiet, but in reality, he has a very strong character. Antoine is one of those, who lead the way, and he’s able to take on responsibilities. He is not someone who follows others. He has that ability to set the pace and get everyone else to join in.” In fact, it was with his F18 friends, Hubert Savatier, Arthur Ponroy and Valentin Bellet (all in the Next World Energy crew) that Antoine Lauriot-Prévost had the idea of forming a team for the Youth America’s Cup. “I told myself that it would be a great adventure we had to get involved in as this was a unique opportunity. That is how we merged our project with Energy Team’s.” For the sake of the adventure, Antoine put his new career as a boat designer on hold. After graduating from the famous Southampton school a year ago, he has spent all his time on the Next World Energy project. ”A fantastic adventure, which is completely different from everything we have been through until now. We’ve really moved up to another level. This is an extraordinary chance for us.”
His hobbies: a lot of sport, in particular, tennis which he regularly plays, but also handball, table tennis, jogging…
His musical tastes: reggae, rap, French singers… “it all depends how I feel.”
Reading: “What I like to do is follow a friend’s recommendations… That often works well.”
Born on 19th March 1990. Lives in Vannes in Brittany.