Until the big departure, Kerguelen has as home port the Bassin du Commerce located in Dunkirk. It is there that we carry out the work of installing new equipment on board.
Since May 2019, we have moved aboard Kerguelen and we are finishing preparing the boat… and ourselves! And this can only be done by sailing of course. So we are doing different semi-offshore and coastal navigations. Dunkirk will nevertheless be our home port until our departure on our sailing adventure around the world.
Sailing around the world means offshore sailing. In other words, it’s immediately a little more of a journey than a Dunkirk – Calais! But what route to take for a sailing trip around the world?
The idea we have at the moment is to take about 4 months to sail down the French, Spanish and Portuguese coasts. And no, we are not talking about 4 months straight of sailing. Traveling aboard a sailboat is slow but not that much. We want to take the time to take our time, to stop according to our desires, and not to be subjected to the pressure of time.
Once in Portugal, we will decide if we are heading towards Cape Verde to cross the Atlantic or if we head towards the Strait of Gibraltar to spend some time in the Mediterranean Sea. Or we will spend much more time than expected in Spain and Portugal. Or we will meet some salty sailors and we will adapt our route based on these encounters… The beauty of this project is not to be forced to a fixed plan. Everything is possible, and we like it.
What is certain is that you can already follow Kerguelen in real time as she moves around. Kerguelen is equipped with an AIS (Automatic Identification System) and Marine Traffic can locate the position of the sailboat.