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FROM SMALL TOWN SALES EXPERT TO VOLVO OCEAN RACE TEAM DIRECTOR
Bruno Dubois Shares His Transition From Sailing To Team Director For Dongfeng Race Team
A humble man whose passion for sailing is clear the moment you start talking with him. With an impressive list of sailing titles to his name, Bruno Dubois is one of Canada’s great sailing legends. Currently he is Team Director for Dongfeng Race Team in the 2017/2018 Edition of the Volvo Ocean Race, a title he’s held since the 2014/2015 edition with the team. That wasn’t his first rumble with the race though, he was Skipper of Rucanor Sport in the 1989/1990 edition of the Whitbread Round the World Race. He is also a two times Transat Jacques Vabre participant and Farr 45 European and World Champion – not that he would tell you, as he is most humble about his accomplishments.
Previously to Team Director for Dongfeng, he was team director for Groupama Team France in the 2015-2017 America’s Cup and 14 years before that as Manager of North Sails Europe/France. Prior to heading North Sails Europe, Bruno was a familiar face at North Sails Toronto, previously North Sails Fogh Ltd. when Hans Fogh was involved, and Larry MacDonald was sales manager. His roots with the Toronto sailing circuit, as well as Quebec, run deep and highlight how the sailing world can take you just about anywhere.
A cold, windy afternoon in the Race Village at Fort Adams State Park, Bruno took some time to speak with me about his sailing path, from North Sails Toronto, that has led him to where he is currently, team director for Dongfeng Race Team in the Volvo Ocean Race.