Feb 00

2000 Millennium Cup

Auckland, New Zealand 36º36’04″S 174º51’30″E

Onboard Belle Aventure during the 2000 Millennium Cup on the Hauraki Gulf.  You could picture the Havana cigars flying into the Beluga caviar and the Dom Perignon being indecently shaken … $1 billion worth of superyachts were leaving behind lazy harbour moorings for a taste of salt and sailing action. More than 40 superyachts set sail in winds ranging up to 25 knots yesterday when the starter’s gun sounded for the Auckland to Kawau Island Millennium Cup – the official race and party for the fabulously wealthy.

Dec 98

Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race 1998

Tasman Sea, Australia 42º33’93″S 148º50’17″E

“Et j’ai vu quelquefois ce que l’homme a cru voir !”
“And sometimes I’ve seen what men have imagined they saw!”
Arthur rimbaud
Le Bateau Ivre
Drunken boat

Aug 98



Sep 97

Start of the 1997 – 98 Whitbread Round the World Race

Southampton, England, United Kingdom, 50º46’59″N 1º19’20″W

Paul cayard as skipper of EF Language won the 1997/1998 Whitbread Round the World race. He beat out 10 other yachts for the prize over a course of 32,000 miles (51,500 km). This was remarkable as it was his first ever Whitbread and he also became the first ever American to win the event.

May 89

Lada Poch III

Saint Barthelemy, French West Indies 17º53’72″N 62º52’75″W

“A legend is born” – an early photo of Loïck Peyron at the helm of Lada Poch III training in Saint Barth in 1989 shortly before the 89-90 Vendée Globe. This premiere edition of the Vendée Globe was a very significant race for Loïck and would cement his place in history as one of the greatest offshore sailors of our time. After improbably righting a capsized Philippe Poupon onboard Fleury Michon X, in one of the most famous mid-race rescues to date, Loïck would finish a respectable 2nd place just behind Titouan Lamazou on Ecureuil d’Aquitaine II. His perfect example of clever seamanship in this notoriously gruelling ocean race was a small indication of great things to come for p’tit Loïck, the French Jedi Master of the Ocean.
Words: Fred Eagle

Mar 89

Kialoa III

Atlantic Ocean, 34º11’56″N 38º32’13″W

Ocean Atlantic crossing onboard the maxi Kialoa III from Saint Barthelemy French West Indies to Antibes France.

Oct 86

French Navy


I did my military duty in the French Navy from October 1986 to July 1988 on the aviso-escorteur (sloop-escort) “Victor Schœlcher”
Hull Number: F725
Lenght: 300 feet
Crew: 140

2 x 100 mm guns
4 MM38 Exocet Missiles
2 – 30 mm guns
1 -305 mm anti-submarine mortar
6 – 550 mm torpedo tubes (2×3)

1 War (Iran-Irak War)
6 War Missions in the Persian Gulf
11 Rescue missions
34 Countries
14 Islands
42 Stopover
2 Atlantic Ocean crossing
2 Indian Ocean crossing
2 Equator passages
7 Storms
1 Ariane Space Rocket launch
2 Medals
Countless mileage, time at sea and adventures.