La voile peut être considérée comme un sport, mais beaucoup préfèrent la qualifier une discipline. La voile, en particulier en solitaire et sur de longues distances, nécessite un nombre et une combinaison de compétences incroyables. La voile peut vous enseigner de nombreuses leçons précieuses. Pas seulement sur la conduite du bateau et les tempêtes, mais aussi sur vous-même, votre personnage. Pour beaucoup, c’est une discipline qui finit par être une expérience qui change la vie. Nous avons donc demandé à des participants à la Global Solo Challenge ce qu’ils pensaient du sujet.
Avec le nombre de demandes d’informations qui augmente quotidiennement et à dépassé les 400, la liste des nouveaux inscrits potentielles ne cesse de s’allonger Pour les indécis, le plus grand défi est d’aligner le travail, les finances, la famille et les autres engagements de la vie avant qu’ils puissent annoncer leur entrée. Nous sommes satisfaits de la traction continue que l’événement génère avec une couverture médiatique supplémentaire provenant de sources qui n’était pas rémunérées pour parler de la Global Solo Challenge. Nous espérons offrir un événement fascinant, divertissant et mémorable qui reflète son esprit et celui de ses participants, dont la plupart arriveront à la ligne de départ principalement avec leurs ressources personnelles, leur sueur et leurs efforts.
Quelles leçons avez-vous appris de la voile?
When i met Eric Tabarly as a kid, I understood that you have to be able to arrive by yourself if you start sailing, and it’s better to do than to talk.
It taught me a great respect for nature and its strengths, humility, prudence! It taught me to forget time as a clock, to accept that I don’t necessarily have to get my intended destination if, due to the weather, it’s not possible!
You have to be versatile, at times ingenious to get out of a certain situation, have foresight and above all be able to keep a cool head in all circumstances.
Nothing other than the evidence of having found my place in this world. At sea I feel at home and at peace. I love this life and sailing will always teach me a lot, but these are personal things that I do not wish to go into details here.
For me, sailing has long become a way of life. I could easily say that everything I am as a person I owe to sailing. Sailing is freedom and immense pleasure but also a permanent challenge to strive for perfection. No one knows it all – we are all constantly learning. Despite all that technology at our fingertips in present days, Nature easily shows us now and again just how much larger it is. Hard work, self-improvement, respect to the Ocean and respect to people, and not taking yourself too seriously – perhaps these are the most important lessons I have learned so far. Well, learning never stops, does it?
You never defeat or conquer nature – you might be let go after a terrifying experience that also offers exhilaration – fear – terror – calmness – relief – reflection – even boredom at times, but all the senses are woken and redirected from just being a cog in Homo Economicus.
Your fellow crew can also show heights and depths of human nature and teaches all how to live in or with that cake mix of ingredients and accept the rough and smooth edges that exist in us all.
I’m sure I’ve yet to learn all the lessons from sailing, but the one that always comes to mind is the way it forces you to deal with the realities that exist, to be in the moment. No part of the enterprise will end well without looking at the facts – weather, equipment issues, tides, etcetera – as they are and not as you’d wish them to be.
Sailing is a source of inspiration and humility, it teaches attentiveness, anticipation, resourcefulness, patience and prioritisation.
I have learnt more about who I am inside my soul and spiritual self, what makes me feel, what sets my anxiety off and being at peace alone among strange waters bound by the true elements of nature, a complete sense of freedom. I have never felt bound by Maritime Law. A true real sense of worth, confidence in my ability to deal with what ever life throws at me and self reliance which I have lived akin to my heart. I have learnt and taught myself everything I know through life experience and hands on and this sailing is very hands on I love it and can’t wait to set ready for the race.
You are never in control… but you manage risk.. and a sailor is always learning. Another valuable lesson was told to me by a famous old school sailor/pirate who said ´the sea is your friend, stay away from the land´… and over the years I have come to realise this!
Mother Nature will always win.
Expect the unexpected and thoroughly enjoy every moment you spend of your life at sea. It’s special.
Be prepared, have back up equipment…. It is okay to be afraid before a storm, stay calm when it is on you if you haven’t managed to avoid it! The sea decides.