Stan Picard was born on March 7, 2001 in Lille, France. The son of Franck and Regine Picard, he grew up in Hong Kong and New York with his younger sister Camille.
At the age of 6 years old, Stan started sailing optimist, a small boat that most sailors start with, before moving on to a bigger boat. He completed his first regatta (sailing competition), at the age of 7. He then began competing in 2011 with the Hong Kong Optimist National Team. When he turned 11, he moved to the United States (New York) and sailed with LISOT where he was coached by Argentinian coaches Pepe Bettini and Pablo Pinachelli (Panic). He quickly sailed with the United States Optimist National Team. At the age of 14, Stan move up to 420 and joined the LISOT 420 team coached by New Zealand coach Steve Keen.
At the beginning of the 2016-17 school year, Stan moved to France to sail and train with the 420 Pôle Espoir team, in Montpellier where he sailed with Gabin Lemaître and later Robin Fournier. Pôle Espoir is a national elite sailing program sponsored by the French Sailing Federation.
While in France, he attended the CREPS de Montpellier where he boarded, did his fitness training and made friends with young people talented in various sports (from rugby, volleyball, football, basketball, tennis…).
Back in Hong Kong with his family in September 2018, Stan started sailing Laser Radial with the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club. He is now officially the Hong Kong National Champion & qualified to represent Hong Kong to all international events including the prestigious Youth Sailing World Championships, which will be held in Gdynia, Poland!
Stan loves the adventure of exploring new places, attending regattas worldwide and discovering new cultures and customs. Stan is passionate about Geography, Environment, History and loves learning new languages.
Laser Youth Easter Meeting 2019 (Malcesine, Italy)
62nd Laser Radial Samsung Festival of Sport (Shelter Cove, Hong Kong)
2019 Boase Cohen & Collins Inter-School Sailing Festival (Middle Island, Hong Kong)
2019 Hong Kong race Week Laser Radial (Middle Island, Hong Kong)
“Follow your dreams, your passions- your obsessions.
Persistence will always turn failure into success.”