About The skipper

BEL

Nationality

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Years Old

Lives: Brussels, Belgium

Miles sailed: 50.000+

Group: TBA

Status: Full Entry

Where does your passion for sailing come from?

From the time of my holidays in Brittany with my mother and my brothers when I was 8 or 9. After that I had the pleasure of sailing many times in numerous places around the world, alone, as a crew and as a family.

What lessons have you learnt from sailing?

First of all that there is no favourable wind for those who do not know where they are going.

What brought you to like single-handed sailing?

The desire continuously test my limits, but also the unparalleled happiness of finding the “fenua enata” [Marquesan for The Land of Men] at the end of the road.

What prompted you to sign up for this event?

Since my Mini Transat in 1989, with my Coco “Bruxelles Gagnant”, I have always dreamed of making a long voyage like that of Bernard Moitessier.

The GSC is an opportunity. It’s just falling at the right time for me. I’m 56. I’m still in great shape. My children are becoming independent themselves and I am once again a turning point with my career. And then what’s a career?

Between the Vendée Globe and the Golden Globe Race, I choose the Global Solo Challenge because it seems a smart alternative to me.In addition, A Coruña is a magnificent port of departure and arrival. I congratulate the organisation for choosing such an inspiring place.

How do you plan to prepare for this event?

First, by sailing as much as possible and spending the time it takes to prepare the boat. I also know that even if we sail alone, behind me, there is a group of people to support me. So I intend to devote time, attention and energy to them so that whatever happens, this adventure is a collective victory. There are only 18 months left to be on the starting line, so I’m already in the race.

What do you think will be the biggest challenge?

Certainly sailing in the southern oceans and the roaring fiftieths, but also overcoming loneliness and holding on to for such a long time. Finally, especially coming back whatever happens with a beautiful story to share.

Tell us about your boat or the boat you would like to have.

I just acquired a Solaire 34 built by Jacques Riguidel. It is a boat built in an eco-smart way. I like the idea of giving a second life to the things that men have made. I will not go as far as to recycle a telegraph pole to make a mast, but I will reuse as much equipment as I can and try to promote the best green technologies, so that our ocean remains as blue as possible.

Do you intend to link your personal challenge to a social cause?

Yes, I would love to! My boat is called Solarwin and I would like to bring together partners who are taking concrete action to ensure that the future of our little blue planet is not jeopardised by man’s madness.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Given the list of Skippers already registered. I think this race is already exciting 🙂

Sailing experience

Mini Transat 1989
Greenland Sea Mountain Expedition 1991
Skipper of Iceland 2003
Martinique – Marquises with my family 2007 – 2008

About The Boat

Solaire 34 Jacques Riguidel

Sail Number: TBA

Boat design: Solaire 34 (David Reard)

Year built: 2014

Group: TBA

LOA: 34ft

Upwind sail area: TBA

Downwind sail area: TBA

Displacement: 4.000kgs