The Challenge: The Minitransat 2019, a solo sailing transatlantic race, without assitance, onboard an ultra-powerful 6.50m sailing yacht

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<p><img alt="" src="" width="100%" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="" width="100%" /></p> <p>In <strong>September 2019</strong> I will be on the starting line of the <strong>Minitransat</strong>, solo racing across&nbsp;the Atlantic, on a 6.50 meters sailing yacht, without any external assistance nor contact with land. A long and wet challenge: <strong>30 days on the Ocean</strong>, from La Rochelle in France to Martinique in the Caribbean, via the volcanic Canary Islands.</p> <p>This <strong>sportive and human project</strong> has always been my dream, and a year ago it&nbsp; became&nbsp;reality with the acquisition of &ldquo;Youkounkoun&rdquo; my sailing boat!</p> <p>Since then, I dedicated all my time and energy to boat preparation, trainings, qualification races (validated!) and active search of Partners.</p> <p><strong>Ranked second on the major race of season 2018</strong> (Les Sables &ndash; The Azores - Les Sables) shows that I am ready for this unique experience. And I, of course, count on giving everything to <strong>take all of you with me</strong> among the group of the fastest boats. <strong>And for that I need you!</strong></p> <p><img alt="" src="" width="100%" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="" width="100%" /></p> <p>It is with my faithful companion Youkounkoun that I am going to live this incredible adventure.</p> <p>A &ldquo;pocket&rdquo; sailing yacht of 6.50meters &ndash; Mini650 &ndash; the <strong>world smallest offshore racing boat</strong>, but also the <strong>most powerful</strong>!&nbsp;Proportionately speaking, Youkounkoun carries more sail area than an 18m Vend&eacute;e Globe racing yacht (sail area / displacement ratio).Top speed of&nbsp;<strong>21 knots&nbsp;</strong>(25 mph - 40km/h)!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Everything that does not ultimately weigh for racing has been removed:</strong></p> <p>- No bed: I sleep maximum 20 minutes in a row</p> <p>- No kitchen: I eat lyophilized food</p> <p>- No toilets: &hellip;(no comments)</p> <p>- No shower: But 24/7 wet at the deep end Atlantic Ocean</p> <p>- No GPS digital cartography: I use good old paper charts</p> <p>- No communication with land: Really alone!</p> <p>- No engine: Propelled by the wind, I am 100% sustainable!</p> <p><strong>&hellip; I live in a&nbsp;2m&sup2; area, but I have 200m&sup2; of sails !</strong></p> <p><img alt="" src="" width="100%" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="" width="100%" /><strong>F&eacute;lix, a creative naval architect, found of sailing, adventures and surprising encounters.</strong></p> <p>From the French Alpes, growing up skiing, I turned myself to the Ocean during a <strong>sailing trip around the world on the family sailboat</strong>. 5 years discovering new shores, the dawn of passion even stronger today!</p>

Allocation of funds

<p><img alt="" src="" width="100%" /></p> <p>To take you onboard the project, I need your financial support, because if I had, up till now, the encouragements of professionals, I am still missing funds to line up at the start of the Minitransat, the 22nd September, in La Rochelle.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Your contribution will particularly help me to finance:</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>- Minitransat registration fees : 2000&euro;</p> <p>- YouKounKoun insurance : 3000&euro;</p> <p>- Return trip of YouKounKoun by cargoship from Martinique : 6000&euro;</p> <p>- Offshore dry suit : 1000&euro;</p> <p>- New main sail : 3000&euro;</p> <p><img alt="" src="" width="100%" /></p> <p style="text-align:center"><em>A unforgettable experience, that I ask you to support in any way you can.</em></p> <p style="text-align:center"><em>Every contribution is key. Every sum is valuable.</em></p> <p style="text-align:center"><em><strong>THANK YOU&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; MERCI&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; GRAZIE&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; DANK&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; GRACIAS&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</strong></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Note: Afin de percevoir le montant de notre cagnotte plus rapidement avant les premi&egrave;res courses de la saison et favoriser la pr&eacute;paration de celles-ci, les fonds seront per&ccedil;u en tant que particulier et non associatif.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>



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Support the project and dip a foot in the crazy adventure! Thank you!


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Receive a surprise picture signed by Youkounkoun and Félix in action ! Merci!

Estimated delivery: April 2019


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Receive a handmade key chain crafted with the ropes used on YouKounKoun during her super season 2018! Dank!

Estimated delivery: April 2019


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Your name will cross the Atlantic Ocean! Printed on YouKounKoun, we will be sailing together. Receive also the Team YouKounKoun t-shirt to become part of the crew. Gracias!

Estimated delivery: April 2019


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Get the handcrafted sail beauty bag and a Team YouKounKoun t-shirt to use during your future adventures. Your name will cross the Atlantic Ocean! Printed on YouKounKoun, we will watch the whales together. Obrigado!

Estimated delivery: April 2019


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Visit YouKounKoun in La rochelle and break bread with the skipper Felix. Your name will cross the Atlantic Ocean! Written on the hull, I won’t be wet alone! Receive also the t-shirtTeam YouKounKoun to show off this summer and the handcrafted sail beauty bag. Takk!

Estimated delivery: April 2019


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Sail one day with Felix onboard the incredible YouKounKoun, wearing your crew t-shirt. Your name will cross the Atlantic. From the hull, you will keep an eye on the skipper! Don't forget your handcrafted sail beauty bag! Grazie!

Estimated delivery: April 2019


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You are invited to Minitransat race village before departure, to grab your t-shirt and the handcrafted sail beauty bag, visit YouKounKoun, enjoy a noch with Felix and leave a motivation message in the cockpit. Show Felix how to sail on the Atlantic during a one day sailing experience ! Merci beaucoup!

Estimated delivery: April 2019


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