“There is nothing more beautiful than the moment before a voyage, the moment when tomorrow’s horizon comes to visit us, to announce its promises.” Milan Kundera
- On her own but well protected
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- Preparations are well under way
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- Encounters that make the difference
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- While waiting for the Northwest passage
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- First steps behind the camera
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Some new members are Astellia, from Rennes (France) as well as Olan Associés, from Concarneau (France). McMurdo, the world leader as maker of position locators and communications equipment will loan me an EPIRB locator, a PLB Fast Find as well as an AIS Smartfind locator. These may be strange names for certain people but, well known to mariners who carry them on board in the hope of never having to use them, as they launch distress calls.
All in all, things are going well and I’m keeping a good pace, in … »
Five months before I launch, stress is increasing, the “to-do” lists are getting longer and I am at the point to wish for longer days. It’s the same feeling before every launch, but I just can’t get used to it.
Everything is in the “rush” mode: so many things to plan and to think about. All documents are gone over with a fine tooth comb. I try to plan how the expedition will evolve next summer, in relation to the information received. Every expedition is different, so it’s quite difficult to determine how this one will turnout, considering the ice movements and the area they’ll cover, next summer.
The Ocean try-outs are now quite common and the least that can be said is that the equipment and I are taking quite a showering in an especially damp and windy December along the Brittany Coast…
There’s nothing quite like it to get your ideas straightened out and give the equipment a good workout in conditions that may not be extreme but are pretty close to being rock n’ roll. The dry undergarment supplied by Reed Chillcheater Ltd proved itself. All that’s needed now is a hood and it would be perfect and would I be happy!
The short rest period during the Paris Boat … »
Just to get a taste of the trip to come… These images were made during our Greenland expedition, “The Great Drift”.
(arrangements Gauthier Mesnil-Blanc).
At the end of last week, I picked up my customized kayak at the Nautiraid headquarter, and there is a little left to do for my embarkation to be ready for the polar circle. a loan from . My thanks to Eric and Véronique Flambard, the company’s managers as well as the Nautiraid team for their confidence. Beyond their seriousness, I salute their enthusiasm.
Having rarely known the comfort of a closed budget, 8 months before the launch, I find myself in a familiar unfortunate situation. It can also be quite stressful at times, but this can’t jeopardize the project, on the contrary!
The more I advance, the more I … »