Sunday, March 7, 2010

Holiday on ice for former French sailing racers link

After an early sporting carrier spent in ocean sailing races, some French famous sailors seem to have fallen in love navigating close to North or South poles of our planet.

  • Philippe Poupon ('Philou') winner of two single-handed transatlantic (Ostar and Route du Rhum) races more than twenty years ago has achieved with all his family the Norwest passage on his ketch 'Fleur Australe'.
    Maurice Uguen, who worked with Philou in ham radio communications during 'Fleury Michon' period, routed 'Fleur Australe' during the passage from East to West. Maurice is preparing from his side a project called 'Captain Hatteras' whose aim is to leave Paris in 2011, sail through the Northwest Passage, and reach Korea, to be exhibited at the Yoesu Expo 2012.
  • Jean-Louis Etienne, former crew member (with Philou) of Eric Tabarly with Pen Duick VI (1978), who becomed the first man to reach North Pole alone (1986) is now leading a new project called Total Airship, which aims to fly a blimp over the Artic ocean and the North pole, measuring the thickness of the sea ice.
  • Christophe Auguin, today the only man to have won three times solo races around the world - 2x 'Round Around Alone' BOC Challenge (1991/1995) / 1x Vendee Globe (1997) - is organizing sailing travels around Cap Horn, Patagonia and Antartic
  • Isabelle Autissier first woman to complete the BOC Challenge (1991), who recently became President of WWF France, is leading with her boat Ada 2, "Nomansland project", a sailing and mountain climbing expedition in Antartica (also testing Safran's anti-UFO system for the detection of icebergs and growlers beneath the surface of the water).
  • Eric Loizeau, another former Eric Tabarly's teammate moved from offshore sailing races to alpinism (climbing Mount Everest in 2003). He is now invested in events organization with his company ELO. He organizes sailing and skiing trips with Bernard Audrezet (his former teamate on 'Roger & Gallet' catamaran) who manages 'Escales Polaires' a fleet of boats navigating in Artic and Spitzberg Sea.
  • Guy Delage, ex skipper of prao, who crossed the Atlantic drifting/swimming but also in microlight aircraft organizes trips in Patagonia
Meanwhile Olivier de Kersauzon (ex recordman of the solo trip around the world and winner of the Jules Verne trophy) has chosen warmer latitudes for navigating and living a part of the year in Moorea island (French Polynesia).
Same preference for Laurent Bourgnon in Bora-Bora on board the Jambo catamaran after crossing Patagonia for a world tour with his family.

"Never give up your dreams."
All know more than anyone what these words mean.



At January 16, 2012 at 3:00 PM , Blogger Josh said...

Wow it was good to know now what happened to these people. They have contributed a lot to the sport and we wish them long life and happy sailing!

Florida Sailing

At January 3, 2013 at 3:35 AM , Blogger Jude Crowe said...

My father has always wanted to own a boat and to go out and about in the open waters. He always gets excited when there are boating competitions on the telly. My mother and i are conspiring to get him one for his birthday, she says that she has found some used boats for sale in Perth.

At January 7, 2013 at 9:23 AM , Blogger Lauren Hixson said...

No one really knows the opportunities that may crossed our paths while enjoying what we do. This is what happened with these people here. They were in pursuit of their dreams but at the same time enjoying their life. Whoever planned and coordinated these sailing events were able to get a good amount of discount printing for brochures and flyers, online marketing and other promotional efforts. Aside from not giving up dreams, one should seek ways and use instruments to achieve those dreams.

At January 21, 2013 at 3:48 PM , Blogger Thomas Woodall said...

If they loved it so much to sail on those icy waters, maybe it wouldn't hurt to bring their ice skates and trying it on those ice. Why not? Get a photo and post it just for the fun of it.

At January 28, 2013 at 4:31 PM , Blogger Aaron Banks said...

They love sailing that much that they even go with ice all around? Can anyone even go that far? Why not wear ice hockey skates and then set sail?


At February 6, 2013 at 9:36 AM , Blogger Derrick Patterson said...

When winter season comes here in Australia, there is a noticeable decrease of roller skates for sale. Hence, all you can see are those items being used when doing ice skating.

At April 25, 2013 at 8:58 AM , OpenID jaredharris824 said...

Some people just can't wait winter season because that's the only time they can enjoy skating in a natural ice. However, a lot people don't want winter season because they can't enjoy the sport of trail biking.

Jared Harris


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