They have chosen to sail with us

Our ambassadors have a shared passion: sailing on the open seas

​Since our history is founded on people, it is entirely natural for us to turn to these enthusiasts, both professional and amateur, to share their pleasure with them and to identify new developments and future products. They have all made lifestyle choices in order to devote themselves entirely to their passion.

Two couples, one regularly sailing all over the world with a cruiser racing profile, and another having chosen to live all year round on their boat in Scandinavia. As well as two sailors, known for their prowess and personal qualities, with profiles as demanding as ocean racing itself can be, complete our highly select list of ambassadors. They do not all have the same demands. This is what constitutes the originality of these ambassadors, who together have experience of our products in all possible scenarios.

Chosen for their passion at stand-out meetings with NV, they have agreed to help NV’s teams work on our pleasure-sailing product range by testing materials, components and features on board.

We invite you to discover their backgrounds and their opinions of our NV products,
without further ado.

- Lionel Régnier - professional skipper

The maths teacher turned skipper. Heading off to take on the sea is something Lionel Régnier has done very often, and in this field, passion often overcomes reason.

His dream is to sail as much as possible, preferably solo and competitively. He has owned a number of yachts, from the Mini 6.50 to the 12 m Class 40, with which he took part in the first Mini-Transats and won the English Ostar trans-Atlantic race in 2005. 

He has in fact crossed the Atlantic competitively some ten times. “I might not find myself on the podium, but I’ve never abandoned a race. I’ve travelled about 150,000 nautical miles,” he estimates.

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 - Josette and Jean Yves Chevalier -

At sailing school in 1970, the instructor fell for the trainee! Three years later, they decided to tie the knot, and to buy their first yacht, a "Corsair".

Passionate about sailing, they set up their first business, "Normandie Voiles" in Ouistreham in Normandy in 1977 (a sailmaking company which would eventually become NVequipment), and they are still criss-crossing the seas today aboard several different kinds of boats.

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 - Jean Luc Van Den Heede - professional skipper

His interest in sailing began with his toys and the books he read as a child, and it wasn’t long before he took up the real thing: courses at Les Glénans, regattas, mini trans-Atlantic races.He was truly smitten, and bought his first boat at the age of 22.

Since March 2004, after four attempts, VDH has held the "Global Challenge" record, in the famous solo event undertaken backwards around the world, against the winds and currents. 122 days, 14 hours, 3 minutes and 49 seconds on board the mono-hull "Adrien".

Today, Jean Luc Van Den Heede still takes participates in regattas. 

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