Good things come in pairs

Much has happened since I got back to Brittany and, caught up in the frenzy of life back on land, I’ve had a bit of a hard time getting used to the hectic pace of daily life and finding a semblance of balance. The few weeks I spent alone in the Arctic aboard the Icade had removed me for a time from this crazy race we are all running. Navigating through open water and ice, the hours gently slipped by—my daily routine consisted in observing the extent of the ice, the strength of the wind, the height of the waves and the beauty of the wildlife. Life is so simple when at sea.

And then there was a hammer blow, the boat thrown onto the shore, the sudden end of my expedition with the boat having to be left behind. It was absolutely heartbreaking. But my luck has held out—first by placing a team of scientists in my vicinity to rescue me at a particularly difficult time and now by providing another surprise.

Recently, the French cruise ship operator Ponant, which has a ship about to leave for the Northwest Passage, offered to take me aboard so that I could try to rescue my boat. It’s so unbelievable that I just can’t get over it! We often hear talk of the spirit of solidarity that exists among sailors, but this assistance goes beyond anything I could have imagined. I would like to thank the Ponant team for this extraordinarily generous gesture.

I am acutely aware of the fact that the problem is far from being resolved, especially considering the severe weather conditions currently surrounding the Icade. Nevertheless, I want to take advantage of this opportunity, so I’m heading back to the Arctic with a smile on my face and packing a healthy dose of optimism in my luggage.

The adventure continues, albeit far different from the one I had imagined last winter but I have no regrets. Even though the voyage didn’t last very long, it was fabulous—the amazing people I have met and have yet to meet make it particularly special and something I will long remember.

Updates will be coming soon…

 

11 COMMENTS
  • Pierre Livory
    Reply

    N’abandonnez jamais vos rêves ! … car ” Seule la passion est raisonnable ! “

  • brisy
    Reply

    bonjour,
    quelle bonne nouvelle ! je croise les doigts pour toi
    amicalement
    marco

  • John Herrick
    Reply

    That is wonderful news! Wishing you all the best!!

  • Christian Rennes
    Reply

    Quelle belle leçon d’optimisme et de vie; je vous souhaite tout le meilleur pour la suite inattendue de vos aventures. A bientôt !

  • Velard jacques
    Reply

    Mais dis donc Anne tu ne t’imaginais quand même pas que tes vacances dureraient éternellement!!! Allez, hop, c’est la rentrée pour tout le monde.

  • Poirier Colette
    Reply

    Le soleil revient sur notre Bretagne avec ces bonnes nouvelles. C’était donc çà le superbe arc- en- ciel de ce matin ;;; A très vite la conclusion de ce “crève-coeur” Icade va retrouver nos eaux et vous avec votre inépuisable énergie d’autres projets. BRAVO et merci à la Cie PONANT !

  • Danielle Herr
    Reply

    Ponant est une belle réussite de grands marins. Nous vous avons croisée en juin 2017, avec Cédric Gras.
    La vie continue !

  • fronzes
    Reply

    Bonjour Anne contente d’avoir des nouvelles de rentrée !!!
    merci à la compagnie Ponant vraiment un beau geste et j’espère que tu vas pouvoir sauver ICADE.
    Un jour j’espère pouvoir embarquer sur une croisière Ponant…
    Bon vent et bonne mer à tous

  • rene riou
    Reply

    C’est formidable ! Pourvu que l’intendance continue à suivre !Bonne chance !

  • jacqueline thoral
    Reply

    toujours par la pensée et de tout coeur avec toi .Merci.

  • Françoise Courtois
    Reply

    Vite, donnes-nous des news!
    C’est absolument super et nous y croyons…
    Bizes de Perros Guirec où les hortensias trinquent par la sécheresse inquiétante de ces mois d’été.

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