Following the adventures of Joan is always inspiring and her latest challenge is the Transat Jacques Vabre racing from Le Havre, France to Salvadore De Bahia, Brazil with Alexia Barrier on 60ft IMOCA “4MYPLANET”.
Joan and Alexia are the ONLY ALL FEMALE CREW in the event and are sailing the oldest boat in the fleet, which brings its own expected ‘maintenance on the go’. They are currently well positioned at the same latitude as the South West tip off Portugal and working on their route planning to catch the trade winds off Morocco.
You can follow their progress in the IMOPCA fleet here.
Sailing in events such as this are not just about racing for Alexia and 4MYPLANET. Alexia also wants to make the most of her Transat sailing and collect data on the environment along the way. They will be launching a two metre long 30kg probe that will measure ocean salinity and temperature for three years. The probe carries a tracker and will be picked up after three years.
If you want an opportunity to meet Joan and hear about her adventures keep an eye on her facebook page. Her next talk will be Wednesday 11 December at the National Maritime Museum of Ireland.
On French TV as they depart Le Harve on the 4500 miles to Brazil. How’s your French?
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