Our speaker this month will be Charles-Etienne Devanneaux, winner of ASMBYC’s 2016 Sportsman of the Year Award. He is a renowned international sailor and racer who has sailed his entire life and raced ever since his father taught him how to hold a tiller and trim a sheet. As a kid, he began collecting Beneteau brochures as new models were released. He sold his first Beneteau sailboat at the age of 18 and was hooked.

“Charly” loves to optimize his sailboats and talk about sailing and what he’s learned in his many experiences. And there are many: First place in the 2011 Newport-Cabo race and second in that year’s Transpac, sailing a Beneteau First 40; first place in the double-handed division of the 2012 Pacific Cup (San Francisco to Hawaii) aboard a Beneteau First 30; third in his class at the 2012 ARC (Canaries to the Caribbean) and first in the class to finish without using the engine on a Lagoon 400; second in the 2017 Pacific Cup’s North Sails Doublehanded division, sailing most of the race with only GPS and compass, and no auto-pilot.

Charles-Etienne graduated from the Executive Program at UCLA Anderson School in 2009 after many years as an international manager in a leading marine engine company company. In 2009, he founded Naos Yachts and was awarded the Beneteau and Lagoon territories in Southern California.