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Neptune 60ft

Bernard Deguy

On the occasion of the Ocean Globe Race, Neptune resumes the race. Tanneguy Raffray, owner of the 8m JI Hispania IV refits the boat for 2023 and will sail her around the world with her Fra 7 crew.

Skippered by Bernard Deguy, the legendary 60′ André Mauric design took part in the second Whitbread in 1977, she 44 years ago. Since the 1980s, armed by the ‘Sea Fous’ association, she has been cruising in Caribbean waters departing from Pointe-à-Pitre.

Tan Raffray had done multiple navigations. His profession as surgeon has taught him the important skills of decision making and taking on responsibility. He considers trust to be an essential value.


No.Name, NationalitySex, AgeLeg 1Leg 2Leg 3Leg 4
1Tan Raffray, FrenchMale, 66
2Stephane Gras, FrenchMale, 51
3Patrick Belenfant, FrenchMale, 57
4Daniel Gilles, FrenchMale, 78
The crew of Neptune


Neptune, god of the sea, made his debut in the second edition of the 1977 crewed round the world race, which was 27,000 miles long.

The Neptune project was set up by Bernard Deguy, surrounded by a team linked to the Neptune-Nautisme newspaper. Bernard, a photographic journalist, took part in the first Whitbread aboard Kriter, then Pen Duick VI. He provided the necessary funds to set up the operation by selling real estate. The newspaper, by putting advertising pages at the disposal of the project, will contribute to its armament.

On board Neptune, two crew members are employees of the newspaper: Daniel Gilles, its editor at the time, and Bernard Rubinstein, journalist, who has already competed in the first Whitbread on Pen Duick VI.

The plans for the 18-meter boat were entrusted to the architect André Mauric (1909-2003). This architect from Marseilles has distinguished himself in many fields, that of fishing, piloting and customs and has made an illustrious name for himself in the world of yachting. The boat is built by the Pouvreau shipyard, located in Vix in Vendée. This shipyard, directed by Guy Fillon, was one of the pioneers in the work of aluminum for large boats in the 1980s. Neptune was launched in Marans in July 1977, two months before leaving Portsmouth.