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Jacques and Jeff Puissegur
Jacques Puissegur has left us on October 19, 2016, and a page is being turned.
Besides his lovely wife Aline, Jacques had two passions. First, the STAR! Long time a Star sailor, from Algiers (Algeria) with his father in the late 40s and 50s to Nice in the 60s, where he also sailed a cruising Star, Ino. Then, he joined the Nice fleet, where he bought Tracassin, # 3172, the first of a long serie with which he participated in many regattas in France, Italy and Switzerland. He was a very smart competitor, which had earned him the nickname of "The Old fox of the baie des Anges"! He had been twice French Champion, once in 2006 with Jean-Gabriel Charton, and secondly in 2010 with his son Jeff Puisségur.
For many years (almost 20), he had been the President of the ASPROSTAR (Star boat owner French association), as the French representative, on behalf of all the french Star sailors, in front of the national federation for sail racing - Federation Française de Voile (FFV).
He was also the soul and organizer of the Nice Christmas Regatta, making this event a big international success. A long time fleet Captain of the Nice fleet, health concerns compelled him to retire after the 2011 season. He then passed the baton to his son Jeff.
On May 21, 2009, he was presented a Certificate of Appreciation, signed by International Star Class Yacht Racing Association President, J. William Allen:
"On behalf of all Star Sailors and the International Star Class Yacht Racing Association we would like to thank you for your undying devotion to our sport. By serving as President of ASPROSTAR and representing all French Star Sailors to the Fédération Française de Voile (FFV) you have helped build the ground work for a great future of Star Sailing in France."
Besides the Star, his other passion was jazz music. A very good pianist with his band, his masters were Fats Waller and Duke Ellington, whose compositions he played in the Côte d’Azur jazz bars.
All his many friends will miss his smile, his energy, his skills and passion, and his "tchatche", a French North-African slang word for volubility.So long, Jacques, we love you.
Jacques Puissegur with Jean Gabriel Charton