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“If my son was racing the Vendée Globe…”: Olivier de Kersauson thwarts the traps of the oceans


The legend browser described for Le Figaro the beauty, the grandeur but also the dangers of the playground for skippers around the world.

Olivier de Kersauson, lover of the sea and the oceans.
Olivier de Kersauson, lover of the sea and the oceans. Rivacom Archives

Youth is a painful moment when we make a lot of efforts for an old age that we will not benefit from“. After the life of a novel, Olivier de Kersauson, 76 years old and his sense of the formula always sharp, takes pleasure in being wrong in the sweetness of Tahiti. “I’m going to swim for an hour, do a little sport and then I’ll have fun. Here we don’t feel guilty for doing nothing», He smiles, installed on the terrace of his house in Punaauia, from where he granted the Figaro a fascinating interview (to be found here). The sailor returned from several weeks of navigation in the Marquesas Islands to carry out cartographic surveys. “I had been there 5 or 6 times without really taking the time to walk bay by bay, pebble by pebble. It’s a beauty to die for, he breathes. I’ve been all over the world, but the Marquesas got me on my ass“. We can take the Admiral’s word for it, who knows the oceans like the back of his hand. While the skippers of the Jules Verne Trophy and Vendée

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