The first hydrogen vessel has just reached the docks of Saint-Malo, after 16 months of sailing. It’s with a great deal of emotion that our crew members have moored the vessel, near the “Gare Maritime de la Bourse”, where our village will take place, from the 24th of October to the 4th of November, during the “Route du Rhum”.
We couldn’t have dreamed of more beautiful scenery or better conditions for the return of Energy Observer to Saint-Malo.
We couldn’t have dreamed of a better casting either.
The first hydrogen vessel closed the loop of the first season of the “Odyssey for the Future” this Wednesday, 17th of October, after 16 months of sailing, 14 countries visited, 33 stopovers and 10,000 nautical miles (18,850 km) on the counter.
Meeting of two committed skippers.
As the sun rose, with Cap Fréhel to one side and Fort La Latte off the stern, a surprise arrived in the form of the trimaran Solidaires En Peloton and its skipper Thibaut Vauchel-Camus, who seized the opportunity to come out and meet Victorien Erussard. A 50-foot trimaran (15.24m) which will depart for the Route du Rhum on the 4th of November.
“This welcome is filled with meaning, says Thibaut Vauchel-Camus with a smile. Vic took part in the Route du Rhum in 2006. I welcomed him when he arrived in Guadeloupe where he promised me that the next time, he would be the one to welcome me. Which he did in 2014. For me to be the one meeting Victorien, the “white wolf” of Saint-Malo’s ramparts with this great project which has sailed 10,000 miles between France and the Mediterranean, is totally delightful.”
A delight that lasted a dozen miles that the two committed vessels sailed together before meeting at Saint-Malo’s locks at noon.
“It’s great to come back to Saint-Malo to encourage Thibaut on Solidaires En Peloton, confirmed Victorien Erussard, founder and captain of Energy Observer, with a full smile. We created this sailing challenge together in 2011. We have many shared partners for these two projects who embody wonderful values. For Thibaut, solidarity in the fight against multiple sclerosis. For Energy Observer, protecting the environment, ecology, and biodiversity, to prepare for a better future. We all share our adventure through important human values.”
As Energy Observer enters its winter yard with an eye toward technical optimizations, Solidaires En Peloton sets its course for Guadeloupe as one the race favorites.
“I will go and meet him when he gets there,” Victorien Erussard confesses. It is like an end-of-year reward after touring the Mediterranean. ”
After a well-earned vacation, the captain and founder of Energy Observer will start on planning the experimental vessel’s second season in Northern Europe.
The Energy Observer’s village at the entrance of the Route du Rhum’s village
On the occasion of the departure of the Route du Rhum, Energy Observer and its immersive village, with virtual reality and a 360 experience, will take place in front of the Gare Maritime de la Bourse.
The village will be free and open to the public from 10a.m to 8p.m from Sunday to Thursday and from 10a.m to 10p.m from Friday to Saturday. The vessel will be visible but not accessible to the the public.