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SKIPPER:PHILIPPE PRESTI
NATIONALITY: French
RESIDENCE: Arcachon, France
DATE OF BIRTH(YEAR): June 26, 1965 39years old
TEAM: Le Defi France for America'sCup 2007
CREW LIST: Antoine Breger , Gilles Andre , Frederic Guilmin
Swedish Match Tour Results:
2004-'05 6th - Portugal Match Cup '04
(Crew: Jean-Marie Dauris, Fred Guilmin, Maurier Husson, Christian Scherrer)
2002-'03 No events sailed.
2001-'02 1st - ACI Cup '02
2000-'01 3rd - Match Race Germany '01
America's Cup Affiliation:
le De'fi Franc,ais 2003 - Helmsman, 8th Louis Vuitton Cup 2003
Additional Accomplishments:
Two-time Finn World Champion (1993, '96)
Two-time French Match Racing Champion (1999, 2001)
2nd - Soling World Championship '00
3rd - Match Racing World Championship '04
4th - Star World Championship '04
Additional Information:
Philippe Presti is one of the most affable Frenchman you'll ever meet. He's usually found laughing with others and showing the gshaka,h where the thumb and little finger are extended while the middle three fingers are closed. In surfer's parlance it means ghang loose.h
Philippe Presti is one of the most versatile sailors on the Swedish Match Tour. No matter what type of boat he steps in - singlehanded or crewed keelboat - he tends to enjoy success.
Presti has been sailing as far back as he can remember. He started sailing on lakes with family members, and didn't take up racing until he was 20 years old. But he proved a quick learner.
Presti won his first of two Finn Gold Cups in 1993, less than 10 years after he began racing. That's a quick rise in one of the most physically demanding classes that is the Olympic men's singlehanded dinghy.
He won a second Gold Cup one month before the'96 Olympic Regatta off Savannah, Ga., but he suffered from a case of heat stroke that sapped his strength. He finished 15th in the class.
Tired of sailing by himself, Presti then turned his efforts to the Soling and the 2000 Olympic Regatta in Sydney, Australia. He placed second in the Soling World Championship in 2000, but couldn't advance out of the fleet racing portion and into the match-racing portion of the event.
Following the Olympics Presti joined France's le De'fi America's Cup syndicate for the 2003-'04 Louis Vuitton Cup as an afterguard member. The team placed eighth in the challengers' competition after a tumultuous run that saw the afterguard constantly in flux.
Undaunted, Presti moved into the Star class after the Louis Vuitton Cup, hoping to represent France in the Athens Olympics. Again, he showed a deft touch in adapting to a new class. He placed third in the European Championship and fourth in the Worlds, but lost the berth on France's team to a rival.
Now, Presti is fully engaged in match-racing. He placed third at the 2004 World Championship in Russia, and plans to compete as often as possible on the 2004-'05 Swedish Match Tour.
He has also resigned with le De'fi for the next America's Cup, and is slated to be the helmsman.

Presti lives with his girlfriend Cecile, a former professional beach volleyball player, and they have a 3-year-old son named Julian.
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