For readers of nautical magazines, François-Xavier Ricardou is not a stranger. After starting in 1994 as a journalist at Engine Boat Magazine then to Voile Magazine For 15 years, he was in charge of the equipment section of the magazine Sails & Sailboats . Enough to build up a nice nautical baggage. He joined the BoatIndustry team attracted by the extraordinary opportunities on how to process information offered by the web. His taste for image and video will be able to express himself fully.
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Briag Merlet is engineer training. He specialized in the naval architecture with its own firm and has already been working in various shipyard design offices such as Vismara Marine . But if Briag knows design ships he also enjoys sailing. After many hours of sailing with his family, courses in the Glénans and student regattas, he also has two transatlantic races to his credit. And even though he has put his bag ashore, he has retained a way out to the open sea by becoming the owner of a small, affordable and transportable boat. He has also collaborated with several newspapers such as Voile Magazine , Le Marin ...
Chloe Torterat ...has taken to boating through his reports. But the sea, she has had it in her since she was a child, when she used to walk on the beaches of the Finistère point. Since then, she hasn't let go of her taste for salt and she didn't hesitate when she was asked to put her bag on board the BoatIndustry adventure. Curious, funny and tenacious, she leads with a steady hand her interviews and reports to offer a qualitative content to the readers. Whether it's putting on an oilskin to test a motorboat, setting off her photo camera for a skipper's portrait or taking to the road to question a shipyard, Chloé is there to answer. With her touch of femininity and a great innocence so useful for a journalist, she tackles yachting news from all angles to transmit it better.
Charly Fernbach is not a stranger in the nautical world . He started sailing dinghy (at 4 years old, he sailed with his parents on a Laser!). Very quickly he sought speed, sailing in a sport catamaran and then during long runs in a sand yacht on the Normandy beaches. After commercial studies, part of which at iNB he realizes that only the sea can bring him serenity. His professional career will therefore always be on the yacht, giving him the opportunity to go out on the water: sailing instructor, charter skipper, courier, educator... Working alongside racing yachts in the Structures shipyard where he sells the Pogos he too wanted to experience the pleasure of ocean racing. After a career rather devoted to cruising on monohulls and multihulls, here he is in the bar of a Mini 6.5 Pogo 3 with which he will run for 3 seasons to refine his technique for win the Mini Fastnet 2016 and get the 4th place in the Mini Transat in 2015 . One more string to his sailor's bow.
As a child, Christophe Vassas was immersed in the small nautical world by his father, a yacht mechanic in the port of La Grande-Motte. At the age of 7, he discovers the Optimist and develops a real passion for light sailing, which he will practice throughout his youth. Following technical studies - he loves mechanics - he joins his father in Greece who works in the engine maintenance of a charter company's sailing boats. This will be the beginning of a long career in the field of marine engines and propulsion: product manager, technical salesman, sales manager..
With the expertise he acquired in engines and boats, he then became commercial director of Volvo Penta. When the two engine manufacturers divorced (Volvo Penta distributes Suzuki marine engines in France), he subsequently took on the role of Director France for the Suzuki Marine group.
Today, he joins the editorial team of BoatIndustry to give our readers the benefit of his experience in the B to B domain.
After 20 years of marketing Sails & Sailboats , Ludivine Rocca is leaving paper today to invest in the Internet with BoatIndustry. His long experience in the field gives him a very good vision of the market. Its know-how, its advice and its wide range of competences, both for local authorities and for professionals in the nautical sector, will enable the construction of effective communication strategies.
Fan of water sports and water sports, Xavier Brossollet sailed the tropics for a long time. Trained as a salesman, he joined the BoatIndustry team to finally combine his professional experience with his passion for all things sailing and the world of the sea.