Aged 11, Vandame put in his first tacks at the legendary Cataschool in the Gulf of Morbihan, where he rubbed shoulders with some of France’s top multihull sailors.
After his Olympic aspiration was cut short when his teammate suffered an injury, Vandame put his sailing career on hold and qualified as a primary school teacher.
The classroom didn’t last long and he was lured back to the world of competitive sailing, winning the F18 World Championships in 2012 and training against his now teammate Besson in the Nacra 17.
Vandame has gone on to further success winning the infamous Tour de France à la Voile in 2015 and sailing with the French team at the 35th America’s Cup, one of the highlights of his career to date.
When’s he’s not sailing he can be found at the computer or in the swimming pool.
“We’re well aware that our team has done a lot less sailing than the other teams on the circuit, but we’re a united and driven team, which we hope will see us finish on the podium at the end of the Season 1.”