ENSTA Bretagne : Colombe voile

Colombe: on course for the Olympics

Student Life
Naval and Offshore Architecture
In September 2017, after completing 3 years of higher education in Rouen, Colombe enrolled in ENSTA Bretagne’s "diplôme d'ingénieur" (i.e. MSc in Eng) program. After arriving in Brest she met Charlotte, a competitive sailor studying at INSA who was looking for a partner to train for the Olympic two-person dinghy event. The two soon decided to team up to compete in the 470 dinghy category under sail number FRA 21.

In their pursuit of excellence, Charlotte and Colombe follow a tight schedule which includes sailing practice, physical training, classes, student projects and exams. There's barely a moment to spare in the young women’s busy schedules, yet the pair are ever-cheerful and raring to go! The two engineering students train with the Pôle France de Voile sailing center, which trains top-level water-sport athletes and supports them on their quest for victory.
 

They kicked off the season in March by competing in several regattas in Spain and the Balearic Islands. This summer they’ll be stepping up a gear with the European Championships in Portugal and the World Championship in Italy, where they’ll strive to outperform the top competitors in their category. 

The road to the Olympics is long: first they’ll be competing in the Junior (under 23) category, then moving up to the Senior level before reaching top international events. The girls’ medium-term goal is to reach the top 10 of the Junior (under 23) category in 2019.

As of 2018, Colombe will have "Competitive Athlete" status at ENSTA Bretagne (in partnership with Pôle Excellence Voile), which will give her a third year to complete her degree in Naval and Offshore Architecture and will make room in her agenda for classes, training and competitions. 

ENSTA Bretagne : portrait de colombe

Colombe says,

"I’ve always loved sailing, so the opportunity to train for the Olympics is a dream come true for me. Charlotte and I are aiming for the top. Physically, it's intense, but it's an awesome adventure. We get to sail in the most incredible spots, it’s an amazing experience. It's brilliant to be able to study naval architecture and pursue competitive sailing!" 

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