The Sea Cleaners

Let’s clean the oceans together with the first sailboat raking up the seas to collect plastic wastes.

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The Sea Cleaners



With the success of the first offset looming, here's the new goal of The SeaCleaners:

Building a test collector at 1/10th scale in 2017 with your help! A strong objective for this campaign: raising 150,000 euros by December 13, 2016.

Launching the project with a first fundraising of 80 000 euros is about to become a reality. Thank you so much for your many encouragements through your contributions ... Thanks to you, we now know that our project will actually start.   The second stage of our project is to produce the first prototype on a 1/10 scale with its collector and test its performance on real conditions trials. With an aditional 20 000 euros (100 000 euros raised) we will build the first shell of the prototype. With an aditional 20 000 euros (120 000 euros raised) we will build the second shell of the prototype. With an aditional 30 000 euros (150 000 euros raised) we will build the collecting system of the prototype. What if the dream became  a reality, and the project was so important to you, that we could on this single campaign launch and manufacture the prototype, then we would have a very high credibility with industry leaders and it will help us convince them to support us as soon as 2017 !!    We really think that we can get there, and that you will be with us on this one!







In  2050, we will have one piece of plastic for one fish !


8 million tons of plastic are dumped annually in the oceans, mainly by coastal communities worldwide. It is clear that we must act upstream: reduce and control all plastic waste from our daily consumption and use more alternative materials.





Unfortunately the habits, customs, lack of resources and the slow pace of political decisions not to mention the population increase do not allow us to hope for a significant improvement of this scourge before way too long.


The ocean is at threat. if it die, we die (Paul Watson - Sea Shepherd).





I decide to take action to protect oceans


After my worldwide tour of sport catamaran, in which I sailed low over the water for more than 200 days, I have seen firsthand this planetary pollution, it is high time we take decisive steps.


I targeted my action on the oceans, particularly in coastal areas where plastics are still concentrated in the form of macro waste (the largest ones), relatively easy to collect.


To pursue this objective, my NGO "The Sea Cleaners" conceived a huge boat capable of collecting plastic wastes floating on the ocean. 60 meters long, 72 meters wide and a waste collector inspired by the whales baleen: Let me introduce you The Manta.



Capable of collecting up to 300 cubic meters of plastic per trips, it will be able to move very quickly on the most critical areas: pollution from concentrated areas by currents, or after a natural disaster (tsunami, flood, cyclone, etc.).


I know very well that the best solution would be to stop throwing plastics in the sea, and I will fight to make this happen, with all my strength. You can trust me on this. But in the meantime and until this genuine evolution of behavior on earth happens, I suggest we all take advantage of  my experience as an offshore browser to actually start bringing together a solution to this global catastrophe!


Large rivers are fueled with small streams and I am convinced that this initiative can be a real trigger that will stir awareness of everyone and help everyone feel accountable for their action.







Create an association of general interest 


For this I have set up my association with "The Sea Cleaners" and designed a huge boat able to collect plastics in the ocean: The Manta.






3D animation for the boat : 


Moving on priority pollution zones

This offshore vessel will be able to move very quickly on the most polluted zones: where wastes are highly concentrated by currents, or after a natural disaster (tsunami, floods, cyclones, etc).


A giant sailboat for greater efficiency

A vessel of a sufficient size for maximum efficiency: 60 meters long, 49 meters wide.


A Biomimetic collector


MANTA is equipped with a "collector" of plastic waste inspired by whale baleen. With a width of 72 meters once deployed. It will act as a filter, as do the Manta rays in the ocean currents.


Collecting data is essential for analysis of the phenomenon

All collections will be geotagged, monitored, and analyzed before being sent to recycling centers. The data will be formalized on board and then transmitted to the international scientific community. It will help the scientific community calibrate the first observations made offshore and other data produced by sampling in oceanic gyres.


Preventing caputre of aquatic wildlife


A unique system of sound emissions has been designed to  move away fish and cetaceans in the trajectory of Manta


With a two months autonomy, its tanks can hold up to 300 m3 of plastic, sorted and compressed, for recycling or land reclamation.

A low carbon footprint propulsion system: Double classic rigging, kite wings and hybrid motors.




A professional team to make this project a reality:


Yvan Bourgnon, initiator of the project. Building on 20 years of  experiments: ocean racing sailing the ORMA multihulls on the formulas 1 of the seas, and world touring in a non habitable catamaran sport has contributed as field expertise to the project. Yvan is the spokesperson and the leader of this pragmatic and ambitious project.


Patrick Fabre, Founder and President of OCEANOPLASTIC, an NGO who fight against  ocean plastic pollution in coastal areas. "Obsessed" by this scourge, he offer his full support to the project through his knowledge about the subject, and his organizational skills (Top french engineering school) for Coordination.

 Many other professionals have already joined the "core group" ... and begin to make a strong contribution in all of the project management areas (architects, engineers, artists, composite specialists, graphic designers, community manager, etc.)






For the launch of this campaign, we are pleased to have the testimony of:


Patrick Poivre d' Arvor : 


Laurent Bignolas :


Karine Lima:



Bertrand De Broc : 



Francis Joyon : 







The first studies were self-financed. The project is now viable and recognized by all as a true trigger to concrete results on the field. Now we need to get the project on track and take it to the water to clean the oceans.


October-December 2016 Crowdfunding Campaign Project presentation at COP22 in Marrakech and Paris Boat Show.



2017-18 In depth studies / Research patrons



2019-20 Construction of the first ship MANTA



2021 Starting the first ocean-waste collection campaign with MANTA.


This project is yours, it is together that we actually participate in the reduction of ocean plastic pollution. We team up together. I bring you my experience and ask you, if you are sensitive about it, to bring us your financial contribution to take up this great intergenerational challenge. "



Allocation of funds




The fundraising will finance the LAUNCH of TheSeaCleaners. That is to say :


Your Participation in this campaign will finance the launch of the project and help us find partners to carry out detailed studies, practice testing in towing tank and actually start building the first Manta.


Empower the team can go canvassing from 2017 the necessary funding for the completion of the project.


TheSeaCleaners is primarily the project of all citizens who are concerned about ocean pollution. The success of the collection with an ambitious amount will be the best indicator to be sure that this challenge is legitimate and popular.


If the campaign is successful, it will be followed by extensive media coverage that will effectively mobilize other investors and sponsors who will help us from the beginning of 2017 to find funding to start construction of MANTA 1.


The additional steps: The first threshold of 80 000 euros enable us to launch the project.


What if you were all mobilized to go beyond this first step...?

We could initiate the construction of the collector prototype (waste collection system on the Manta) and test it first in a towing tank and then for  real at a 1/10 scale.


With 100 000€ - you are helping us finance 50% of the prototype catamaran 

With 120 000€ - you are helping us finance 100% of the prototype catamaran

With 150 000€ - you help us to finance 100% of the collecting system prototype !











Tax reduction from 60 to 66%!

As a non-profit organization (Law 1901) of general interest, the association The Sea Cleaner is authorized to issue tax receipt entitling you to tax cuts for your donations.


Tax benefits for individuals: For individuals, the tax reduction is equal to 66% of payments made within the limit of 20% of your income tax (art. 200 of the General Tax Code). A donation of 45 euros, you actually costs 15 euros. Furthermore, 75% of your donation can be deducted from your ISF (within the limit of EUR 50 000).


Tax benefits for companies: Under the legislation on corporate sponsorship (Article 200 of the General Tax Code) tax reduction amounts to 60% of the donation within 5% of turnover (eg. for a turnover of EUR 500 000, the top amount for the tax reduction of 60% will be 2500 euros on the current business year. A donation of 100 euros costs in the end no more than 60 euros)


A tax receipt will be provided upon your request at the end of the 2016 fiscal year.

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For €5

Postcard of last challenge around the world in beach cat signed by Yvan
  • Backers: 91
  • Availability: 109/200
  • Delivery January 2017

For €10

Boat layout postcard signed by the team TheSeaCleaners
  • Backers: 297
  • Availability: 3/300
  • Delivery February 2017

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Offcial stickers The SeaCleaners
  • Backers: 69
  • Availability: 431/500
  • Delivery January 2017

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Beautiful book written by Yvan with beautiful pictures telling the story of the first passage of Cape Horn on a sport catamaran made in 2012 with Sébastien Roubinet
  • Backers: 175
  • Availability: 325/500
  • Delivery January 2017

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T-shirt of the association TheSeaCleaners size M, L or XL
  • Backers: 309
  • Availability: 41/350
  • Delivery February 2017

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Book "Gladiator Seas" released in 2016 by Arthaud (Flammarion), the story of the exceptional yvan World Tour in sport catamaran. (2013-2015)
  • Backers: 106
  • Availability: 294/400
  • Delivery January 2017

For €60

PACK Book + T-Shirt : Book "Gladiator Seas" released in 2016 by Arthaud (Flammarion), the story of the exceptional yvan World Tour in sport catamaran. (2013-2015) + T-shirt of Yvan’s last Challenge around the world in size S, M, L and XL
  • Backers: 139
  • Availability: 21/160
  • Delivery January 2017

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Limited series in large format of prints of the first shots of the Manta signed by all the team.
  • Backers: 39
  • Availability: 16/55
  • Delivery January 2017

For €80

ATTENTION - SUPER CADEAU EXCEPTIONNEL Yvan a décidé d’offrir un cadeau exceptionnel à deux « super contributeurs » parmi tous ceux qui choisiront la contribution à 80 euros : Un Week end Aventure sur sa Louloutte 2 + Le Polo du Team the SEA CLEANERS Ces deux chanceux seront choisis par tirage au sort, parmi tous ceux qui auront choisi cette contribution à 80 euros !! Ils partiront avec Yvan en mode aventure sur son cata de sport mythique avec lequel il a réalisé le 1er Tour du monde en voilier de sport en 2015 et avec lequel il va tenter d effectuer le 1er passage du Nord Ouest à la voile en solitaire en été 2017. Après un déjeuner avec Yvan à La Trinité sur mer vous partirez en direction de Houat ou Hoedic pour bivouaquer sur place et rentrer le lendemain. Un Week End inoubliable ou ils auront le plaisir de barrer, manœuvrer et surtout échanger avec Yvan, librement, sur tous les sujets qui les intéressent. Le week end aura lieu en avril ou mai 2017 Rdv ‪le 14 décembre‬ pour connaître les heureux gagnants...
  • Backers: 41
  • Availability: 34/75
  • Delivery April 2017

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Pack T-Shirt + Boat layout : T-shirt of the association TheSeaCleaners size M, L or XL + Limited series in large format of prints of the first shots of the Manta signed by all the team.
  • Backers: 191
  • Availability: 9/200
  • Delivery February 2017

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Come pick up trash with Yvan Bourgnon and his team on the beaches of Normandy during a day and more importantly discuss project progress and plans of the boat.
  • Backers: 20
  • Availability: 30/50
  • Delivery March 2017

For €150

Official Shirt from the Team The SeaCleaners
  • Backers: 10
  • Availability: 40/50
  • Delivery January 2017

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Personal invite to the official launch of the project TheSeaCleaners in Paris with cocktail and talks with the project founders including Yvan Bourgnon, Patrick Fabre and the architect. (travel at your expense)
  • Backers: 16
  • Availability: 34/50
  • Delivery February 2017

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Cruise with Yvan Bourgnon on the sport catamaran (My Louloutte) with which he achieved his unique World Tour (2013-2015) (travel at your expense)
  • Backers: 28
  • Availability: 2/30
  • Delivery April 2017

For €1,000

You are part of the inner circle of the top 30 Sponsors Founders of The SeaCleaners that will recess over the consideration more privileges: Part 1: presentation of the project and a perspective on the level of the oceanic pollution in your company driven by Yvan Bourgnon + autographed postcards to all the guests at the event. Part 2: You will be invited systematically and personally to all official events of the year 2017 TheSeaCleaners (travels at your expense). The invites sent will be valid for 5 people max. Last but not least: You can communicate in 2017 on the project for internal communication and tell a great story !!
  • Backers: 15
  • Availability: 10/25
  • Delivery January 2017

For €2,500

For your business, club and association: Yvan Bourgnon will host a conference for you at the venue and location of your choice around the subject of his recent worldwide catamaran sailing trip, his life as an adventurer of the extreme and his commitment for the protection of oceans. As one of the first 30 founding philantropists funding The Sea Cleaners you have the exclusive right to communicate your sponsoring of this mission for the years 2017 and 2018! You will automatically be invited to every official Sea Cleaners events throughout 2017 and 2018 as a party of up to 10 people (transportation costs will be at your charge).
  • Backers: 2
  • Availability: 3/5
  • Delivery January 2017

For €5,000

Join Yvan Bourgnon to Nome in Alaska to attend for one week the final preparations of its sport catamaran (The Louloutte) in the second fortnight of June 2017 for attempting the first Northwest Passage in solo sailing on a boat without cab. A 8000kms tour in the ice for a crazy challenge. Be at the heart of the action with the team all day long and during meals to live live the last hours before the departure !!
  • Backers: 4
  • Availability: 6/10
  • Delivery June 2017

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T-shirt of Yvan’s last Challenge around the world in beach cat in size S, M, L and XL
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  • Delivery February 2017