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      Fort de France, Martinique

      Back to Martinique for Energy Observer! The territory is well known to our catamaran, which stopped here in 2020 to conclude her second transatlantic voyage. This time, it's the first official stopover of 2024, and the 85th of her Odyssey.

      Coming from: Kourou, French Guyana

      Weather conditions: Sunny

      Time of arrival: 12:00 AM

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      Le Marin and Fort de France were the ports of call for our laboratory ship, which took a few days' rest before the great whirlwind of 2024, the last year of her round-the-world voyage.

      The beginning of January began with a bang, both literally and figuratively, as musicians came to meet our ship during the few days of special events on the Malecon quay in Fort de France.

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      🥁 A great start for @energyobserver!

      👥 @victorienerussard was on board to mark the first highlight of #2024, and welcome on board partners, institutions, journalists and students who came in their numbers!

      #energyobserver #exploringpositiveenergies

      📷 : @victorienerussard & @david______perinati

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      “For this energy transition, we need to dream a little, we need to give hope. This boat represents a virtuous energy circle, an energy mix for the future. What we're doing with this boat is what's being developed around the world.”

      Victorien Erussard, president, captain and founder

      CMA CGM, le groupe BPCE et la Caisse d'Epargne CEPAC, Toyota Motor Europe, Toyota France et Air Liquide ont ainsi répondu présent, aux côtés du préfet de la Martinique, de la direction des affaires maritimes et des représentants du grand port de commerce de Fort-de-France.

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      On the tracks of 2020

      With a crew of 5, our vessel sailed from Kourou to Le Marin, following in the footsteps of a previous trip at the same time three years earlier.

      We sailed smoothly in the trade winds, which this year were weaker than our captain had expected. Beautiful sunny days enabled us to make the most of the photovoltaic system, even if the average speed was ultimately more modest than on the same trip 3 years earlier.

      Returning to the West Indies brings us closer to familiar territory, as a foretaste of our return to Saint-Malo in a few months' time.