With just over 60 days left until my departure for the Arctic, the pressure increases and stress rises although it has become quite familiar those past months. I do not make to much out of it anymore. Whatever I do, wherever I go, here it is, ready to pounce on the least little error that I try to correct at any point. Small, but forever unpleasant. Regardless, hitches occur every day, whether they be important or not, they are always unpleasant. Read more “The countdown is on!”
Fresh and beautiful…Here is the new version of the Website which has been regenerated as it needed a deluxe facelift». A big”thank you” to the whole digital crew of ICADE who worked hard for months. I am aware the job was much more difficult than initially planned, but after screening the pages, I’m convinced it was well worth the effort!
I had been looking for it for weeks and finally It showed up! A favorable weather window, quite short but so enjoyable which made it possible to go back to sea and navigate on board the Solarboat Icade. The main reason for this navigation was to validate the latest modifications made on the prototype and make sure solar panels were working properly. What a pleasure to be rewarded for our efforts! The sun was missing, but despite this, the 4 Torqeedo batteries (fully charged the day before) did a great job and I enjoyed myself beyond imagination. The following pictures provide evidence. Read more “On the water…again”
The Year 2018 launched with a « Bang ». In the first few days of January the shores of Brittany were swept by storms Carmen and Eleanor with such force that it was impossible to navigate on board the Solarboat Icade as planned. Winds of over 120 km/h teamed with heavy swell have completely changed our program. Nature doesn’t really care about our state of minds and since she always has the last word, we stayed on land.
This forced rest allowed us to finish the lettering on the Solar boat which now wears its party dress. Such a time was ideal to work on the logistics of the expedition as well. Sending the boat to Tuktoyaktuk is no easy task. Administrative requirements or « Red Tape » isn’t easy and truly, the route to the Arctic is an adventure of its own. Nothing can be left to chance! Each detail has its importance.
But this isn’t my first expedition and it should be easier to plan this complex phase. That being said, we’re hoping for better weather conditions to find our way on the water quickly. Not long now before departure for the Far North. The deadline is looming each passing day and I am impatient to take the Solarboat Icade in hand. It is my priority from now on.
No more paddle or kite to control, only solar panels and electrical equipment, I must well mastered before next May. It will be less demanding physically but, tactically speaking, error isn’t allowed if I want to maintain a steady pace throughout the Northwest Passage. To produce, at least, as much energy as I use will be my only obsession.
As you wait for the next news, accompanied with a few photographs of our next outing, I wish you all a Happy New Year, to the image of Eleanor the storm, right below : powerful, spellbinding and stimulating!
The Solarboat has been in Brittany for the past few weeks and shown publicly for the first time at the « Breizh Transition » Salon, where it received the visit of our Minister of Ecological Transition and Solidarity, Nicolas Hulot, as well as the one of the famous skipper, Jean Le Cam. Read more “La fin de l’année avance à grands pas…”
Last week was reserved for the first tests of the Solarboat, on Neuchatel Lake in Switzerland, making for a very challenging period.
The engineering crew from the CSEM (Centre Suisse d’Electronique et de Microtechnique) whom, since last June, conceived, created as well as installed the latest solar modules and I, tested the performance of the new panels and checked the reliability of the complete electrical installation. This was truly a dress rehearsal! Read more “Enfin les premiers tests grandeur nature…”
A wonderful partnership was established with ICADE Corporation, just after the summer holidays. « Innovation, mobilization towards sustainable development, community involvement and a desire for human challenge with the objective of pushing one’s limits», were the words of the director-general of the corporation, Olivier Wigniolle, highlighted to explain the cooperation with the Solar Arctic expedition project. Read more “Et encore un pas en avant…”
That’s it! The summer holidays have ended and it’s back to school for the children , while I’m getting more and more ready for the ARCTIC SOLAR expedition. This promises an incredible frenzy, which, oddly enough, had been set aside for the past two months. Now, business appointments have been piling up since the end of August while life is rushing by! Read more “C’est la rentrée !”
“Perseverance conquers everything” as the saying goes. Rather difficult to argue against this old adage, isn’t it? However when things don’t go entirely the way we want them to, that our daily activities are built on battles, and in spite of the energy spent, nothing seems to give reason to our stubbornness , there just come a point when we want to give-up, just to breathe again! Read more “Marche avant toute !”
The long-awaited big News is long in coming and so far, partnerships are not lining up at my door. Yet, just a few weeks back, I was almost jumping with joy as a neophyte would thinking all the tricks are honest. Read more “Avancer pas à pas pour continuer d’inventer son futur”