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TEAM - Thierry Fouchier

The wise man from the South

Surname: FOUCHIER
Forename:   Thierry
Date of birth: 14 March 1966
Place of birth: Marseille
Place of residence: Marseille
Personal situation: cohabiting, 2 children
Post within Groupama Team France: Sailor – wing trimmer
Education: Master’s in Economics

 

At 49, Thierry Fouchier is the only Frenchman to have won the America’s Cup as crew on the American trimaran BMW-Oracle in 2010. With four Cup campaigns to his credit, the colossal experience of this sailor from Marseille is a huge asset. Franck Cammas knows he can rely on the indispensable “Fouch”, the wing trimmer… who in over 40 knots, always remains an impassive and reassuring presence, even in the riskiest situations.

 

Career and experience

I started sailing at a fairly early age thanks to my father who had a boat, more for fun than seeking performance. I’ve never done any dinghy sailing in competition. I did my first keelboat races in Marseille harbour (Winter Challenge, SNIM…).

Then, during the year of my Master’s, I had the chance to join the Corum team, who were preparing for the Admiral’s Cup. And everything followed on from there.

1994
1st in the Tour de France à la Voile in St Pierre et Miquelon

1998
1st European Corel 45 Championship

1999
2nd in the World Match Racing Championship

1999 / 2000
Crew onboard the French America’s Cup Challenger 6ème Sens

2001
Winner of the World Match Racing Tour

2002
2nd in the European Match Racing Championship in Calp
Winner of the World ISAF Championship in Marseille on a J 80

2002 / 2006
1st in the World Championship - 60' multihulls on Groupama with Franck Cammas

2006 / 2007
5th in the Louis Vuitton Victory Challenge

2008-2010
Member of BMW ORACLE RACING TEAM
Winner of the 33rd America's Cup

2012 / 2013
Crew for Team Artemis for the Louis Vuitton Cup – 34th America’s Cup

2015 
Participation in the America's Cup World Series events on Groupama Team France - AC45 multihull

 

SAILING MEMORIES

Your first memory of ‘Sailing’?
Sailing downwind in breezy conditions in Marseille harbour on a Laser!!

Your sailing highlight?
Victory in the America’s Cup in 2010 with Oracle.

The worst moment?
The death of one of the crew of Artemis Racing in 2013.

What does the America’s Cup mean to you?
Research and development, strict standards and innovation, sailing on extraordinary machines.

Do you recall a special moment in an America’s Cup? If so, can you tell us about it?
Not a particular moment but the Australian edition of the Cup in 1987 inspired me! Conditions were extraordinary, 25 knots of breeze, waves and a legendary course.

 

LIFESTYLE

Housework, cooking, gardening, what do you do at home?
I tend to favour outdoor activities! I try to help with the housework when I can.

What can we find in your fridge?
Everything, but without gluten or dairy products.

Your morning ritual? 
I don’t have one.

Your favourite meal?
Lamb shank.

On a Sunday when you’re not working, what do you do?
I sit down, take care of my family.

You have to choose three people to have supper with, who are they?
My partner and my daughters.

The last film or/and book, which had an impact on you?
Film: The big short

What TV programme or TV series would you like to be part of?
None. 

The sport you enjoy doing?
Skiing, swimming.

The sport you could never have practiced?
Boxing 

 

OFF PISTE

What were you like as a child?
Shy but determined.

The nickname that best suits you?
Fouche. 

Your favourite subject at school?
Sport.

 

The subject you least liked?
German.

Your ideal redeployment?
Sharing my knowledge and experience.

Your dream retirement is where?
In the sunshine with my feet up.

During which period would you have liked to live?
This one suits me fine.

Your last moment of madness?
I haven’t had it yet.

The worst mistake in the clothing department in your view?
A turtleneck made of synthetic material.

Who’s the “Fashion Victim” in Groupama Team France?
Martin Fischer.

Who do you dream of meeting?
Anonymous people, who perform miracles on a daily basis, surgeons, researchers, firemen, those who help the most destitute…

You never leave without…
My head!

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