About The skipper
Where does your passion for sailing come from?
I believe it comes from having had the luck to have grandparents living on Belle Ile en Mer, an Island in French Brittany where I spent all my summer as a child, this is where I got on my grandfather’s wooden small sail fishing boat. He taught me to row single handed to get out of the harbour…. later, from optimists to caravels and 420’s at the local yacht club…. But when I began to really love it is when I discovered funboards, which allowed me to meet my love for swimming as well as playing with the wind… I even decided to go back to live on the island all year long to sail winter time. It is only in my late twenties that I discovered high sea sailboats, crewing a 52 foot catamaran in Saint Martin FWI.
What lessons have you learnt from sailing?
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.
What brought you to like single-handed sailing?
I believe it goes back to my adolescent years reading, but it became crystal clear during a transatlantic, whenever alone on deck, enjoying the rising sun, I still had that feeling that it was a perfect moment… but it would be even better to be totally alone on board! And the call keeps coming when I go surfing and see all the others wishing for the best wave to go back ashore….. and I think “but what I want is to go the other way…. far offshore, when there is no more land in sight” and it is the goal I have set for my life.
What prompted you to sign up for this event?
I have seen the guys coming back from “La Longue Route” 50 years after Moitessier…. and thought “too bad I wasn’t ready.” Now, I am. I am looking for a boat to sail “a few times” around the globe for the rest of my life (except if, someday, I found a place a wished to stay) and when I saw the announcement of the Global Solo Challenge…. well…. it felt like the perfect opportunity to get my revenge!
How do you plan to prepare for this event?
1- Find what I will see as “the perfect boat for me “2- Prepare her 3- Train, train, train…. and train again !
What do you think will be the biggest challenge?
Remember it is a “race” and trying to make the best possible time instead of just enjoying being alone at sea.
Tell us about your boat or the boat you would like to have.
I am essentially looking for a strong, reliable boat. Maybe not the quickest, but a safe one and in this respect, the different safety requirements of the Global Solo Challenge are a reassurance. I also want a boat that is as self sufficient as possible. My dream boat would have an electric engine, a watermaker, and enough room to grow some greens! She should have the least negative impact on the environment possible.
Do you intend to link this personal challenge with a social message?
Yes, preservation of oceans and self reliance. A little of girl power in this world of brutes? (joking…. maybe)
Is there anything you'd like to add
Yes, even if the Global Solo Challenge will be my first time around alone, it will definitely not be the only one… there are too many latitudes to explore!
3 years crewing on charter boats in the Caribbean and Indian Ocean, based on the French Islands of Saint Marteen and Mayotte.
An Atlantic crossing, from St Martin to Toulon via the Azores and Gibraltar.
A little trip from False Bay (South Africa) to Luderitz (Namibia).