French press reported yesterday that Anne Caseneuve has passed away after a long battle with cancer, at the age of 50. Anne was one of the very few female multihull skippers racing short and single handed trans-ocean regattas, driven by dedication and passion since 1998.
She sailed her Trimaran ANEO to victory in the Rhum category of the last Route du Rhum 2014 having participated five times. She already was sick that time.
With her daughter Djamina Anne reached a third place in the Transat Jacques Vabre 2007.
What a shocking news. WTE loves Anne and her uniquely Tri a lot. Skip JayR: “Aneo is my most beloved racing Trimaran (in the size of the 50 footers) as it goes so smoothly through the waves… this boat looks like to be perfectly in Harmony.” – Let speak some beautifully footages…
Anne loved her 3-hull boat, did the maintenance herself with a very simply infrastructure… as we see in this short clip.
WTE wondered over summer 2015 why it was so quietly around Anne… on her website she presented some different activities in charter business with basis in Bretagne, Mediterranean Sea and Antilles. It seemed the red Aneo was part of a fleet of charter multihulls with two big 18 and 22 meter Catamarans in “pink”.
We saillors and all who love racing multihulls are very, very sorry having lost Anne. Early 2015 we already had to notice that another French legendary “navigatrice” of the seas was gone forever. Florence Arthaud died by a helicopter crash in Brazil in spring…. winner of the Route de Rhum 1997 on Trimaran Pierre 1er – What a tragedy !!
We are mourning… our condolences go to the family and close friends. R.I.P. – Fair Winds !