Blue water cruising

A long-term sailor’s tips for successful cruising

Published on 01 february 2016 at 0h00

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An alternative route to the traditional circumnavigation

Corneille wrote “that for souls nobly born, valor doesn’t await the passing of years”, and the voyages of Jean-François Raymond brilliantly demonstrate that age has nothing to with ambition and that you need to look elsewhere for motivation… or alibis. Aged 65, the owner of Rose Noire gave in to an irrepressible desire to go cruising under sail. Two Atlantic circuits, then a trip round the Pacific took his Outremer 55 Light from the Mediterranean to Polynesia and then on to Alaska. Partly carried out in the company of the cruising family on board the Freydis 46-50 Grainedo, this amazing 3rd voyage, after two Atlantic circuits offers a neat alternative to the traditional circumnavigation.

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Jean-François, who has enjoyed some great voyages.

Two Atlantic circuits prior to the big journey to the Pacific

The story of this third voyage is one of a 42,000 mile trip led with passion, wisdom and skill… in short: effectively! Jean-François ordered his boat in April of 2005, and Outremer delivered his 55 Light one year later. From May through July 2006, the happy owner completed fitting out the interior, and then had a shakedown sail for a couple of weeks in August to check everything was working properly. September and October saw the finishing touches, and then he set off for an Atlantic circuit via the Canaries, the West indies, Bahamas and Azores, returning to Sète in ...

This article appeared in issue 146. To read the article in full, buy this issue individually

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