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master and servane

She’s about 5’3 and 110 pounds soaking wet, she had almost zero multihull experience before taking on her latest project, and her response to a question about her fitness regime in preparation for the Route Du Rhum is to light a Gauloise and chuckle.

She’s no newbie – 29 year-old Servane was the youngest French woman to do a non-stop round the world race during the inaugural Barcelona World Race, which she finished in a creditable fifth place.  She’s sailed aboard the second-place and third-place Tour De France a la Voile boat, and been a team member of the dominating women’s match race champ Claire LeRoy.   But little Servane is sailing a heavy bastard of a boat by modern standards – Philippe Jeantodt’s 1982-built Credit Agricole/Club Explorer – and just getting across in one piece will be quite a chore if there’s any heavy weather at all.  Then again, Servane kept her big sails furled after the RdR start, allowing the Open 60s to roll her – she knows she can’t win, so why get all bent out of shape about it?  We like that – and Servane – very much.