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Quickfire Q&A: Jérémy Bachelin, reserve athlete for Switzerland

24 MAY 2022Feature
by Miranda Blazeby, Digital Editor
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  • Switzerland

A newcomer to the SailGP circuit, reserve athlete Jérémy Bachelin has an established racing background. Having twice competed for Team Tilt and Switzerland in the 2013 and 2017 Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, Bachelin went on to claim silver and bronze in the 2021 and 2019 GC32 World Championships, once again competing with Team Tilt. Now, he joins Switzerland’s line-up in SailGP’s Season 3.

Q: How did you first get into sailing?
A: My first sailing memory was in Lausanne, Switzerland. Most of the time there was no wind so we would just play around capsizing the boat and swimming around it.

Q: What is your career highlight so far?
A: So far my career highlight was in 2017 when I had the opportunity to sail in the Youth America’s Cup with Team Tilt in Bermuda.

Q: Who is your sailing icon and why?
A: When I was young I always watched Philippe Durr. He is a really good sailor who is able to anticipate every wind shift on the lake and know how to get a boat fast!

Q: Tell us about your scariest sailing moment?
A: My scariest sailing moment was in 2019 during the Bol D’or on Geneva Lake. There was a big storm so it was really impressive to see everyone still sailing through it.

Q: What is your favourite SailGP race location and why?
A: My favourite Sail GP location is definitely Bermuda because we were there during the Youth America’s Cup. It was so good to be back for the Bermuda Sail Grand Prix - the background and the conditions are just amazing!

Q: What is your top ambition for Season 3?
A: My top ambition for Season 3 is to help build a really strong team.

Q: Best SailGP moment so far?
A: My best SailGP moment so far was during the first few days that we were sailing on the Great Sound because we got over 90kmh during a bear away.

Q: What would you be doing if you weren’t a professional sailor?
A: I would aim to be a professional skier on the mountains.

Q: What is your favourite thing about SailGP?
A: My favourite thing about SailGP is that it brings together the best sailors in the world and we are all competing on equal boats.

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