Francis COGEZ

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Boating is a passion that began early for Francis when his father taught him to sail in 1975 at the age of 8. Years of regatta racing, a big family cruise in 1997/1998, 2 transatlantic crossings, a few seasons of racing in Formula 18, a small record in double offshore racing, a shipyard, a shipchandler… are all experiences that have gained Francis a knowledge of different boats, and a good culture of boating in general. Since the Vannes agency opened in 1990, Francis has sold a few hundred boats. He was in Brittany until the 2000s, passing through the West Indies, then La Rochelle, before landing his sea bag in Hyères where Med’in Boats was born in 2011. Francis has acquired a solid knowledge of navigation and technique which brings great credibility to his role as team manager.

Valérie GÉRARD

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Valerie grew up in Scotland, where she came back perfectly bilingual at the age of 19. Her atypical life course has permitted her to travel a lot, thus forging strong adaptability skills which are very useful in the world of boating. Air hostess, restaurateur, real estate agent, director of an acceleration program in a famous incubator of Parisian startups… Valérie continues her journey by founding SmartHarbour; a project to support marinas in their digital transition. Owner of an old fishing boat that she fixed on her own in 2018, she also participates in regattas where she loves to face the elements as a team. Considering the sea as the last space of human freedom, she joins Med’in Boats in 2019 where she flourishes to accompany sailors in their navigation project and to take care of international sales.


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After growing up in the West Indies and traveling quite a bit, it is under the sun of the Côte d’Azur that Victorine finally put down her suitcases. With a degree in international trade and a Master’s degree in Tourism Projects, Victorine began her career in the management of real estate, boats and tourism activities. With a father as a diver and a big brother as a boat Captain, her passion for the sea and water activities was born at the age of 3; when she made her first bubbles with a regulator in the warm Caribbean water. Then it was in the world of Yachting that she ended up diving. First as a salesman, then in Charter-Management, then becoming the youngest member of the Med’in Boats team in 2019. Rather used to motorboats, her new challenge would be to overtake Francis in a Hobie Cat race! 

Brigitte SAMUEL

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Brigitte is said to have salt water flowing through her veins. Granddaughter, daughter and wife of sailors, she has always lived on or near the water. At the age of 6, she left her Gulf of Morbihan for the turquoise waters of the Caribbean. She lived there with her family aboard a sailboat VULCAIN V for nearly 12 years. After a year in the USA, from where she returns bilingual, She returns to Port-Navalo where her parents took over a shipyard. As a teenager, Brigitte spent several summers helping her parents at the shipyard and worked with her uncle on boat rentals. In 1998, after a passage through Guadeloupe, the chance of life carried her to Saint-Cyprien in the Eastern Pyrenees where she decided to anchor herself. After several years of selling boats, in 2014 she created her agency BRIGITTE PLAISANCE. In 2020 she and Francis decided to create a partnership to put all their joint knowledge to the benefit of all sailors and future sailors. Brigitte will accompany you so that your Dream, your Passion and your Project, become a reality!