Lapauw is the youngest member of the team but comes with a wealth of experience, winning the French match racing championships four times and competing in the Extreme Sailing Series.
Born on Reunion Island, Lapauw grew up in Antibes in the south of France, where he discovered sailing, although he didn’t need to look far in the family for inspiration. Both his grandfather and father have competed at the Olympic Games and his mother is an eight-time French field hockey champion.
A match racing specialist, he was selected for the French youth America’s Cup team in 2017, a year which also saw him win his first senior Match Racing Championship title. Lapauw has competed on the GC32 circuit, twice won the Extreme Sailing Series and, in 2018, won the infamous Bol d’Or Mirabaud on Lake Geneva.
In his spare time, Lapauw plays the piano. His dream is to travel to the North Pole.
“SailGP is the perfect combination of technology and performance. It will be a steep learning curve for our team but the diversity of the team’s experience and our assiduity will inevitably boost our performance.”