The legendary 60ft André Mauric design took part in the second Whitbread in 1977 and returned to the water recently after extensive work.
The Neptune project was set up by Bernard Deguy, surrounded by a team linked to the Neptune-Nautisme newspaper. Bernard took part in the first Whitbread aboard Kriter, then Pen Duick VI. Also on board is Bertrand Delhom, a Parkinson’s sufferer, who is sailing with the aim of spreading inspiration to those affected by Parkinsons.
Tan Raffray had done multiple navigations. His profession as surgeon has taught him the important skills of decision making and taking on responsibility.
|No.||Name, Nationality||Sex, Age||Leg 1||Leg 2||Leg 3||Leg 4|
|1||Tanneguy Raffray, Skipper, FRA||M, 66|
|2||Stéphane Gras, First Mate, FRA||M, 51|
|3||Nicolas Deforges, FRA||M|
|4||Thomas Bourhis, FRA||M|
|5||Bertrand Delhom, FRA||M|
|6||Bruno Tranchard, FRA||M|
|7||Matthieu Laurent, FRA||M|
|8||Maryama Seck, FRA||F|
|9||Nicolas Marcillaud, FRA||M|
|10||David Le Blan, FRA||M|
|11||Armelle Fiard, FRA||M|
|12||Erwan Gourdon, FRA||M|
|13||Patrick Bellenfant, FRA||M|
|14||Benoit Coville, FRA||M|
|15||Maëlle Raffray, FRA||F|
|16||Pierre Le Goff, FRA||M|
|17||Pierre Charcosset, FRA||M|
|18||Matthias Berthe, FRA||M|
|19||Morgan Raffray, FRA||M|
|20||Rémi Bouzereau, FRA||M|
|21||Tanguy Raffray, FRA||M|
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.