24 years old
LORIENT (56) / Paris (75)
In a relationship
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A joint venture!
Jean has been sailing with his nearest and dearest since childhood. After a few years cutting his teeth in sports dinghy racing and then IRC, he opted to turn his attention to singlehanded offshore sailing, setting himself the challenge of participating in the Mini-Transat La Boulangère. “I was after a breath of fresh air and a major challenge and I haven’t been disappointed so far! The Mini-Transat is a legend and a mystery for initiates and it has had real appeal for me since I learnt of its existence. I’d never have believed I’d get to this stage! I’d like to get to the other side in good shape with a boat in tip-top condition and if I can do it faster than my playmates, so much the better…”
Launched in 2003, the 428 is a Pogo 2 that Jean unearthed in Brittany and recommissioned. “I found her in a very sorry state, parked up in a corner of Lorient. She was assembled from a kit in 2003 by David Sineau. She’s a boat that did just one transatlantic passage before stopping sailing in around 2007. She needed some elbow grease but totally adhered to my programme, which is a Mini-Transat in adventure mode”.
For someone who has an unconditional love for travel and exploration, it’s an adventure, which he will share throughout his passage with a myriad of minor partners; little boosts without which the project wouldn’t be possible. “They’ve joined forces around an association: a school for Guayas. It comprises architecture students who build schools in Ecuador with their own hands for the most remote villages. They too will share in the adventure!”
Jean’s sailing experience goes back a long way, with family, port-hopping and for summer jaunts. He’s also done a few local regattas in a sports dinghy and a few years in IRC (crewed offshore races) with two seasons singlehanded.