First solar polar crossing

The Solarboat has been in Brittany for the past few weeks and  shown publicly for the first time at the « Breizh Transition » Salon, where it received the visit of our Minister of Ecological Transition and Solidarity, Nicolas Hulot, as well as the one of the famous skipper, Jean Le Cam.

It is actually sitting comfortably in dry dock where it was sanded down prior to receiving a sparkling lacquer, to give it a fantastic look.  Next, « Écritures » company will take charge Continue reading

Last week was reserved for the first tests of the Solarboat, on Neuchatel Lake in Switzerland, making for a very challenging period.
The engineering crew from the CSEM (Centre Suisse d’Electronique et de Microtechnique) whom, since last June, conceived, created as well as installed the latest solar modules and I, tested the performance of the new panels and checked the reliability of the complete electrical installation. This was truly a dress rehearsal!

I must admit that, till now, when launching on long trips, I usually relied entirely on the faithful Continue reading

A wonderful partnership was established with ICADE Corporation, just after the summer holidays. « Innovation, mobilization towards sustainable development,  community involvement and a desire for human challenge with the objective of pushing one’s limits», were the words of the director-general of the corporation, Olivier Wigniolle, highlighted to explain the cooperation with the Solar Arctic expedition project.  As for me, meeting the ICADE Corporation team, revealed enthusiastic staff, convinced that I had been right all along. Everything comes to him who knows to wait, or should I say «who Continue reading


That’s it! The summer holidays have ended and it’s back to school for the children , while I’m getting more and more ready for the ARCTIC SOLAR expedition. This promises an incredible frenzy, which, oddly enough, had been set aside for the past two months. Now, business appointments have been piling up since the end of August while life is rushing by!

It’s really a good sign. It means that since the last news, some time ago, considerable amounts of water flowed under the bridges as we quietly got ready Continue reading

“Perseverance conquers everything” as the saying goes. Rather difficult to argue against this old adage, isn’t it? However when things don’t go entirely the way we want them to, that our daily activities are built on battles, and in spite of the energy spent, nothing seems to give reason to our stubbornness , there just come a point when we want to give-up, just to breathe again!

Fortunately, there’s always a little trick that pops up in our head, like a beacon which won’t turn Continue reading

The long-awaited big News is long in coming and so far, partnerships are not lining up at my door. Yet, just a few weeks back, I was almost jumping with joy as a neophyte would thinking  all the tricks are honest.

Fortunately experience taught me not to count my chicken before they’re hatched and I came to realize that is was a wise way to go . My budget today is still the same than yesterday!

Therefore, I keep on meeting people, chewing up the asphalt kilometers, while Continue reading

Robert Le Meur

Father Robert Le Meur

Tuktoyaktuk hasn’t changed since my last visit, a year ago.  However, three houses at the Kugmallit Point have been washed away, by the erosion.  The facts are there, the shore line is being devoured by the ever intense storms that toss huge blocks of ice, destroying everything in its path.  The worst of this, is that everyone here is conscious of Natures constant changes. They all know more houses will be destroyed, families will be relocated, but “tomorrow is another day” so Continue reading


The Year 2016 uttered its last words and made way to a new year which we hope will bring us health, happiness and the smaller pleasures that accompany our usual resolutions. Consciously or not, we determine their purpose with the same traditional thoughts, but we rapidly ignore them, even though they remain on the Order Paper!

Like everyone else, I’ve wished for good intentions.  Nothing out of the ordinary, just promises that carry through from the story I started to write on my first attempt at crossing Continue reading

Ice RoadThe good news are slow to come by, but such is the lot of any expedition, hoping to learn the treasures of patience in an effort to reach one’s objective.  The Inuit know this so well as they depend on time and the seasons’ eternal cycle.  Their patience goes beyond any philosophical aspect. It is close to a second nature,  even part of their lifestyle.  Like them, I exercise my patience. If I seem to champ at the bit, my hope, every day is to gather Continue reading

Premiers essais sur l'eauAutumn is here already and the seasons now give the rhythm to the Arctic Solar challenge started last Spring.  However, the project is sometimes moving at too slow a pace for me, but at least we’re moving forward.  The changes made to the prototype as well as the refitting are very encouraging.  “Rome wasn’t built in a day” as the saying goes, so we’re moving ahead,  daring sometimes, and re-inventing if necessary in the hope of greater success.

Uniting the Continue reading