- 4 August 1981
France’s Nicolas Charbonnier first raced with Alinghi in the 2012 D35 Vulcain Trophy, helping the team to second place. He returned in both 2013 and 2014 to go one better, with Alinghi securing and then defending the championship. In 2008, Nicolas sailed on the biggest stage of them all, representing his country at the Beijing Olympics, where he took home the bronze medal in the 470 class, having become European Champion at Tallinn in 2002. Ten years before the Olympics, and at a remarkably young age, Nicolas was World Champion in the 420 at Palamós.