I left Montreal a year ago for Tahiti, in French Polynesia, because we had finally found the right boat for two major projects. The first is to participate in the Ocean Globe Race in September 2023. It is a special race where we return to the essence of navigation. It’s a round-the-world race, with a crew, but above all without any electronic equipment. We return to base with nautical charts, sextant, calculator and amateur radio. We are far from the Vendée Globe.
To buy his boat, which must meet the requirements of the race (length, date of creation, etc.), the kibeki of Swiss origin will make his squirrel able to realize his dreams. An engineer at Hydro-Québec, he will allocate enough money to find the right schooner. The Round the World race scheduled for September 2023 in Les Sables-d’Olonne, France, is part of the Young Sailor’s global project.
He explains that the real project is to find the relationship between humans and the ocean. During our many stops, we go to meet people. We discover different cultures, different issues and realities. We contact local organizations and discuss with them the problems they face, such as overfishing or worsening weather conditions.
For example, in the Marquesas Islands, educational workshops were held in schools to collect waste. We talked with young people about the state of the oceans. What we want first of all is to share information with as many people as possible, to raise awareness of the problems of our planet.
During his long crossings, Axel encountered firsthand the deterioration of the oceans. And like many before him, his findings are more than troubling.
The most striking observation was that the waters were left full of fish, which are still full of fish, in French Polynesia and the Marquesas; to cross the Pacific Ocean where there is a lot of life; Then get to the Gulf of Panama and see all this trash floating. Logs, polystyrene, floats, plastic cups …
” Then, once in the Atlantic, another vision of horror awaited us. We know about sargassum, the algae we often see on beaches. Well, the whole ocean was covered in it. Whole fields of sargassum… There is no more life, or so little aquatic life, so little fish; A little as if the ocean was empty, in fact! »
Axel now plans to leave Guadeloupe next May to bring the boat back to Quebec.
160 de 51pieds [15,5mètres] pour la course.”,”text”:”Durant l’été, on va monter des ateliers pour faire connaître notre projet. On veut également donner l’opportunité aux Québécois de naviguer avec nous et découvrir ce que c’est de préparer un tour du monde. Et ensuite, durant l’hiver, ça va être la grosse préparation du bateau; un Imoca160 de 51pieds [15,5mètres] pour la course.”}}”>During the summer, we will be holding workshops to introduce our project. We also want to give Quebecers the opportunity to sail with us and learn what it’s like to prepare for a world tour. And then, during the winter, the big boat preparation will be; 51 feet Imoca 160 [15,5 mètres] for racing.
Before leaving, Axel made a call to schools and holiday camps to tell them that he would be happy to pass on his experience to young people before returning to sea, wondering again in what condition he would find it.