A teenager in a boat around the world

Published on 01 february 2016 at 0h00

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I have always lived in the islands, three years on Moorea, then nine years in New Caledonia. My parents were always attracted to the sea, and one of their dreams was to have a sailing boat and set off to sail round the world. In 2006, part of their dream began - a 13.4-metre catamaran called ‘The Cat’, renamed '’, became our home. At 8 years old, my life changed; a life afloat is not very commonplace. But my parents didn’t stop at this first stage. It was in fact a mad wish to sail round the world which pushed them to go even further with their actions and gave them this strong, unflagging willpower.
Little by little, the preparation of the boat took shape, and while the school days continued and my parents were working, a certain date was approaching... I can't remember exactly when they announced it to me, but when my parents told me that we were going to set off to sail round the world the following September, it was...just incredible! They weren’t just empty words either, it was reality. And yet... So many people didn’t believe it. There were lots of criticisms of our boat, and it was apparently too late in my school career for me, I would no longer have any friends, or quite simply “In any case, you won’t do it...” Remarks as hurtful as they were malicious, and which marked my parents. As for me, I couldn’t wait, and lost no time in telling my friends at school. I, too, really wanted to leave. I was enrolled at the CNED (the French national ...

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