Olivier Bounous

is creating Crossing to Casamane with a sailboat




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"Our dream was to go around the world on a ten-meter sailboat"
   Gérard Janichon. Damien : du Spitzberg au Cap Horn

The starting point ! Two years in Bolivia enabled me to buy Escondida, a second hand eight meters Trident .
I made my first crossing Marseille-Ajaccio.
The call of the cast its spell on me.

After three years in Morocco, I start to build a nine meters Challenger Europe, and in it made several crossings to the Balearic Islands and Corsica, and sailed in the Port Camargue-El Kantaoui race.

These first two boats allowed me to have a pretty good idea of what the next Escondida would be. A steel sailing dinghy. The hull was the last to come out of the Form'Océan shipyard because of bankruptcy. I was able to buy it at half price because it was missing the drift. Luckily, I was working at that time in a vocational high school boilermaking. After consultation with my colleagues who assured me that we could make this piece, I took the leap. The construction took fifteen years instead of the eight originally planned .
But Escondida browse now !

These last four years spent in the Mediterranean have allowed me to test the reliability of Escondida.

I can now consider realizing my dream: sailing to Casamance! But to continue my project, Escondida lacks equipment essential in crossing on Atlantic Ocean : Wind vane self steering, beacon of emergency Sarsat, receiver of meteorological bulletins ... Even purchased second-hand, these various equipment are out of range of my current budget.
The departure is scheduled for November 2019. I hope that with your help I will be able by that time to finish equipping Escondida, and thanks to you, realize this dream.

Thank you ! Olivier.

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