When the chance to lease a Final
for the 2023 season, Eric Pron doesn’t hesitate for a second. The Finistrien sailor has all the time had this ambition: to sail world wide alone. “For a sailor, it is actually a loopy factor, a sort of Holy Grail”. It might have been the Vende Globe, however the vegetation lined up in another way and a novel alternative offered itself:
“Once I discovered that the trimaran Final
Crusing was rented for the approaching season, I jumped on the probability, I could not move up the chance to line up at first of this around the world! »
For Eric, the timing is right: after a 12 months crusing on a multihull, on the circuit Ocean Fifty
the sailor has acquired useful expertise:
The Ocean Fifty
are notably quick boats, type of supercharged mopeds that require fixed consideration; glorious help for studying to navigate on a multihull, which is all the time tough. Though we move a better dimension in Ultim, the vigilance would be the identical.
Going world wide alone, in an Ultim and in a race, is a journey
superb, one thing distinctive because it has by no means been performed earlier than. There’s a ‘pioneer’ facet to collaborating on this unprecedented expertise, which makes, in my eyes, thejourney
much more thrilling! »
A dependable boat that is aware of the highway
The boat will subsequently be the Ultim Crusing trimaran, a protected and confirmed boat. Born from parts of Olivier de Kersauson’s Gronimo, handed by way of the palms of Thomas Coville then Yves Le Blevec, the Ultim 32/23 is actually outdated however very dependable; a sense confirmed by Eric Pron:
“I had the possibility to sail on this boat, it’s actually much less environment friendly than the most recent technology Ultims, nevertheless it stays glorious help, very effectively suited to a primary solo around the world race. I believe its reliability and ‘simplicity’ make it a severe contender for this program. »
Eric Pron ought to get better the boat in early 2023 for a primary refit earlier than taking the helm and devoting himself to coaching, preparation and sharing with the companions, then embarking on the Arka Ultim Problem Brest
in December 2023… Brest
the place the skipper needs to be based mostly all through his preparation.
A want: to construct a Brest territory venture
Eric, already established within the metropolis of Ponant together with his present workforce, would clearly see match to place his fenders on the pontoons of the port of Brest.
“We’re very hooked up to this territory. I would love this boat to grow to be the ambassador of tremendous Breton, Finistrian and Brest firms, actors of their territory. And that the individuals of Brest may also make it their very own, as a result of it will likely be seen from the pontoon and can sail within the harbor all 12 months spherical.
Constructing our venture on this metropolis, which is THE metropolis for world excursions in Ultim and the Arka Ultim Problem Brest, appears very coherent to me. There may be additionally an amazing wealth of abilities within the maritime sector in Brest. Our need is to work and combination these abilities inside the workforce, to make use of and encompass ourselves with native service suppliers and suppliers, and to make the most of this large expertise to coach younger individuals, or not so younger for that matter. , to the panel of offshore racing professions. »
A plan: to proceed a collective journey
If funding stays to be discovered for this venture, it’s with the help of his trustworthy enterprise membership FRENCH TOUCH Oceans Membership and ongoing discussions with companions motivated for the journey that Eric Pron has taken the plunge. signing the rental of the Trimaran.
“As in any enterprise, you need to know tips on how to take dangers to start out the machine” confides the sailor, who, to take up this new problem, needs to articulate the venture round one or two title companions, a bunch of foremost companions and new members who would be part of the ranks of the FRENCH TOUCH Oceans Membership. »
“The schedule is right for firms on the lookout for a possibility to realize notoriety by associating their title with the venture with the co-naming of the boat and numerous visibility provides on it: the race takes place on the finish of subsequent 12 months, which leaves us the required time to organize ourselves and construct a ravishing story
, that of a novel journey world wide. This race is a superb first and can begin throughout a gradual interval by way of main sporting occasions, which suggests robust media curiosity. We’re satisfied that it is a excellent alternative with most notoriety, accessible for budgets that we wish to be affordable and diversified. »