Spinlock welcomes Cecile Laguette on board as a brand ambassador in the newly launched Figaro 3 fleet, where nearly 80 of the top international offshore sailors are competing in the 2019 season championship in solo and double-handed races. Cecile has competed on the Figaro circuit for the last 3 years and won leg 6 of the last Volvo Ocean Race onboard Team AkzoNobel. Added to extensive experience as a pro-sailor, a naval architecture degree, Cecile has all-round knowledge of the technical sport of sailing, and she sits on the technical committee for the Class Figaro Beneteau. Her insights into the French offshore market and expert feedback on Spinlock products will be of great value.
Cecile tested the custom Spinlock Deckvest lifejacket in the last Volvo Ocean Race and now uses the Deckvest VITO with HRS harness release system, a development of this lifejacket, along with Mast Pro harness, performance safety lines, kneepads and other accessories from Spinlock’s PROTECT range. Cecile is also one of the first to install the Sail-Sense sail monitoring system to her sail wardrobe to build a data picture of her sails use and uses Spinlock LWS load cells to tune the performance of the Figaro 3 and push the boat to the limit.
Cecile says “I am very happy to be working in partnership with Spinlock. I love their products - I don’t even know when I’m wearing my VITO, it is so comfortable!! The culture and technology on board racing boats is evolving quickly and Spinlock is a smart company with smart people who listen to the market and develop high-quality products, and I hope I can help them continue to be the best by feeding back my experiences using them.”
Cecile is currently at racing in Solo Concarneau event in May, before the biggest event of the season – La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro – a multi-leg solo offshore event over nearly 4 weeks, starting and finishing in France with a stopover in Ireland with the course approaching the shores of England, Wales and Scotland.