Whales and bears at the Pacific’s gates
Actions carried out
Since Roald Amundsen first did it in 1903, we were the 278th boat to cross the North-West passage. We met polar bears, discovered the Inuit Way of Life, saw a whale hunt and were faced with the issues threatening these people’s traditional way of life.
Summary of the stopover
We arrive in Cambridge Bay on the 12th of August, quite a record to arrive this early as luckily 2016 is a good year to cross the northwest passage. We cross the first boat coming from the Bering Strait. I let do of our disco ball that has accompanied us across the oceans, as that is her destiny, to follow those skippers heading North.
The crew changes. Eric and Emeline join us for this last leg of the North-West crossing, heading towards the Bearing Strait. We have a small window, the ice could creep back to block us before reaching Barrow. A race against time starts. We get the mileage in, taking advantage of the good winds. As we relax for a good night’s sleep, we almost crash against a floating iceberg. The wind becomes stronger, the sea rages. Know I understand all the warnings on this dangerous part of the sea.
In my life spent between sea and mountain, from the Cape Horn to the Everest, Maewan’s adventure place an important place in my life, in helping Erwan in his first stages with the boat, to the exciting adventures I’ve lived onboard.
In 2015, the famous journey between Iceland and Greenland with the discovery of the Arctic ice and the special moments of friendship between our team and the one on board of the Louise. The next year, the great expedition through the northwest passage, reaching the depth of Siberia and Petropavlovsk (Kamtchatka). Waiting to live other experiences like these…
- Personal recordfour years crewmate with Eric Tabarly on Duick IV, solo skipper, then as a duo with the monohull Gauloises 2 and 3. Winner of the stages of the Whitebread Race (1977-1978) of which one at the Cap-Horn. Participated at several transatlantic expeditions, “Grands Prix” in a multihull. Record-holder of the solo traverse of the Atlantic. World champion for the multihull category in 1986. Was nominated skipper of the year in 1978. After my return from Everest in 2003, I think of myself more as an eco-explorer, dedicated to the protection of the oceans, in particular, involved in the fight against plastic pollution as part of the Swiss foundation Race for Water, of which I am an ambassador.
- Date of birthI do not disclose it as it scares my teammates
- Asset at seaever ready
- Asset on landever ready
- Distinguishing featurebalance
- Sport achievement with Maewanice navigation and northwest passage