CAP OPTIMIST : TEST SHIPMENT #2
MONACO (France) – ATHENS (Greece)
13 days / 1800 km / 6 rowers
During this Mediterranean crossing, our athletes, all of whom have won titles in international competitions, experienced epic conditions throughout the journey. They endured some nice storms and thunderstorms, faced periods of swell of more than 2 meters, headwinds and had some unexpected encounters with a shark.
These extraordinary conditions have certainly tested the morale of the sportswomen but have allowed to highlight an excellent team cohesion, both among themselves and with the crew, an important and determining factor for the good progress of the final project this winter: to join Peru to French Polynesia, 8000 km this time.
320 hours of rowing
“A journey of a thousand leagues always begins with the first stroke of the oar.”
2015 – CAP HORN crossing
Passage of Cape Horn (Chilli Point)
12 days / water at 2 degrees / 3 rowers
After two and a half years of preparation and negotiation with the Chilean army, a new Optimist expedition was launched in January 2015 in extreme conditions, namely 2-3 degree water, strong currents, the shallows of the Drake Passage and the mythical Cape Horn.
Stephanie is accompanied by Alexandra Lux and Itziar Abascal, also world champions in coastal rescue.
12 days of relay and more than 1000 km achieved by the extreme rowers – sponsored by Yves Parlier – mastering Cape Horn and its dangers.
1000 KM IN EXTREME CONDITIONS
2°C to 3°C
AND STRONG CURRENTS
An educational program to raise awareness of the need to respect the ocean has been designed and distributed to 3,500 children in France, Monaco and several classes in Chile.
Many athletes such as Tony Estanguet, Jérome Fernandez, Stéphane Diagana and many others are part of the “Club des givrés” to support the expedition.
2009 – CAP ODYSSEE crossing
CAPE BRETON (Canada) – CAPBRETON (France)
54 days / 4 830 km / 3 rowers
In 2009, the day after the announcement of hersecond breast cancer, Stéphanie set out to attack the Atlantic with two world champion Coastal Rescue sailors and friends, Flora Manciet and Alexandra Lux. After more than two million turns of the arm, they take up an unprecedented world exploit by connecting Canada to France in paddleboard (small board of 5,15 m length and 50 cm broad), in relay and accompanied by a sailboat of assistance. Sponsored and skippered by Yves Parlier, the expedition enters the Guinness Book of Records.
of trains per day
“We succeeded in our challenge: crossing the North Atlantic on a paddle board in 54 days. Lying on a tiny board facing this gigantic ocean, we took turns every two hours to move forward at all costs, facing fog, storms, icy water, currents, day and night.”