The 2020 regatta season in Mauritius has successfully reminded sailing aficionados what this sport is all about: surpassing oneself and resilience. Given a schedule full of unforeseen events, the crew of the Ocean Vox / Bank One managed to face and overcome all the hurdles to win the Mauritius Sailing Championship.
With last year’s sanitary crisis and the closure of the borders, the crew had to forgo having Luc Billard, owner and skipper of the Ocean Vox and Pierre Josserand, Olivier Daguin and Jérôme Thomas on board. With new members welcomed on the sailing team, –including Yann Jacobee as skipper, Marc Israel and Quentin Papin, along with Benjamin Turquois, Frédéric Mayé, Elodie Jacobee and Vincent Portugal–, the Ocean Vox / Bank One was ready to set sail.
The 2020 season kicked off with this new crew, which had to learn to sail together as one. After achieving a 5th place in the Far East Challenge Cup and a 3rd in the ANAIK Challenge Cup, the Ocean Vox / Bank One continued its progress, notwithstanding a complex weather calendar.
Thanks to their dedication and several training sessions, the team was able to develop a sense of cohesion, which is one of the core values that spurred Bank One to sponsor this yacht. In fact, sailing embodies the values to which the bank is committed, such as entrepreneurship, resilience, self-improvement and the underlying principles of performance and cohesion.
Once the necessary automatisms had been acquired, the boat, with its reaffirmed team spirit, was awarded the double title of champion in the Méphis Cup and won the 2nd place in the Blue Shadow Cup.
At this point, the Ocean Vox / Bank One led the intermediate ranking and was set to complete the three-stage Tour de l’île, which was called off due to the grounding of the Wakashio. It was replaced by the three-stage Tour 2020 on the north coast of the island. The yacht won the first two phases. The Ocean Vox / Bank One has thus strengthened its position as a leader in the general ranking, but remained on its guard with the Spry, Wasabee and Aldebaran closely following them. Their victory was guaranteed during The Suffren Cup, which they won, thus confirming their position as champion despite a 3rd place in the last race.