Date of birth : 30.07.1977
Country : France

From his birth until he was 10 years old, Sébastien Col lived at sea with his parents, mainly in the Mediterranean. When he started competitive sailing at the age of 12, he dreamed of building boats. His results and his technical level quickly led him to join the French Laser Hopefuls team. With the interest aroused by the America’s Cup, Sébastien started very early in the match race (World No.1 in the world in 2005) and joined the famous competition (and the Louis Vuitton Cup) at the age of 23, first as a training partner in 2000, then on the boat in 2003 before being the helmsman of Areva Challenge in 2007. From then on, he also took part in ocean racing, notably in the Transat Jacques Vabre, which he won in 2015 with Vincent Riou (IMOCA category). The arrival of the TF35 is an opportunity for Sébastien to join the team led by Jérôme Clerc, whom he has already rubbed shoulders with on the GC32 circuit. He will first take part in the victory of the last Closing Grand Prix of the D35 Trophy in 2019 before bringing his experience as a tactician with high speed experience on the Realteam Sailing TF35. When he is not on the water with the team founded by Esteban Garcia, Sébastien manages offshore racing projects.


Décision 35
1st GP de Clôture 2019

Match Racing
World No.1 from December 2008 to June 2009 (ISAF Ranking)
Runner-up World Champion 2008
2nd Danish Open 2008 (World Match Racing Tour)
1st Portugal Match Cup 2008 (World Match Racing Tour)
1st Korea Match Cup 2008 (World Match Racing Tour)
1st Danish Open 2006 (World Match Racing Tour)
European Champion 2005
French Champion 2004
French Champion 2003
French Champion 2000

Winner of the Transat Jacques Vabre 2015 with Vincent Riou on PRB 5 (IMOCA)
Winner of the 2013 Tour of Europe on Gitana (MOD70)
4th in the 2013 Tour de France à la Voile (M34)
Winner of the Spi Ouest France 2013 (J80)
Winner of the 2012 Tour de France à la Voile
Winner of the Audi MedCup-Cagliari 2011
4th in the Transat Jacques Vabre 2011 with François Gabart on Macif (IMOCA)
6th in the 2007 Transat Jacques Vabre with Kito de Pavant on Groupe Bel (IMOCA)
World Champion of Melges 24 2004
European Champion of Melges 24 1999
European Champion of Melges 24 1999