In 2017, I spent 6 month disassembling and putting back together my 26ft sailing boat, Ann Alé.
Live the life of a cruiser, living aboard my own boat was amazing, and I enjoy every second of it. Especially since I spend thousands of hours refitting what became my floating home.
Since then, I’ve took it across the Atlantic and spent 2 seasons exploring the islands of the Carribean.
Before being a traveler, I’m a skipper, I sail for a living, and this takes me on big boats, touring the islands or on racing boats, fighting hard on the water to be faster.
But I wouldn’t feel complete without being involved into other faces of sailing. I have got professional certification of skipper, so I can work on the water, taking out big boats, 50 or 60 footers, which are true sailing villas. Working as skipper on charter boat here and there allows me to keep traveling and pursue my dream.
And what if there was more than cruising? As much as I loved my boat, it had the average speed of a person walking. I wanted to sail fast and far away. That’s why I started joining big regattas, to gain experience, and meet sailors involved into boat racing. I joined some of the most famous big boat regatta, but I still had to find my spot into the offshore racing world.
After a bit more than two years sailing with my small boat, I had the chance to be hired as first mate for the Clipper Round the World Race, an amateur race around the globe on 70ft racing monohulls. So as all good things have to come to an end, I put my boat for sale… It was a difficult thing to do, since I had spend so much time and money to refit her, and also because we shared so many memories together on the water.
But a sailing boat should sail, not stay put in a marina, and the race is going to take me away for at least 16 months.
So off I am now, for a new challenge, and another completely different type of sailing.