Meet globe-trotting Monique and her proprietor, who absorb sailed right through seas through snow and sunshine on a rusty crusing boat
Monique the bird has doubtlessly travelled to more international locations than it is possible you’ll per chance maybe absorb. And no, she is no longer smug about it. She proper clucks and goes about her lifestyles, laying an egg a day. The now seven-twelve months-veteran, met Guirec Soudée when he had docked at Tenerife within the Canary Islands, at some level of the route of his world cruise. He adopted the six-month-veteran bird and in scream that they’ve been inseparable since.
As a 20 twelve months veteran, Guirec instructed on what he calls his “dream rush” in 2013. His decision of transport: a rusty, crusing boat with a itsy-bitsy diesel engine for manoeuvres in ports, or to flee the fresh when there may maybe be not this type of thing as a wind. He named it Yvinec, after the French island that is his home. The crusing expedition took him 5 years to total.
He acquired a hero’s welcome when he returned. Even supposing, he admits, it used to be no longer easy to realize assist assist and no longer fetch his father at home. “He passed away while I was in Greenland,” he says.
Since then Guirec has change into a local celeb with three books (The Rooster Who Sailed The World, Le Monde Selon Guirec et Monique and La Fabuleuse Histoire de Guirec et Monique) to his credit rating to boot to a 60-minute documentary titled Du Pôule Nord au Pôule Sud. “We started the theatre tour with it in France in January this twelve months and acquired more than 10,000 spectators. But due to pandemic, we had to cancel every little thing.”
Closing week, the documentary used to be screened at Le Sizable Rex, one among the finest theatres in Paris. (With bodily distancing, they may maybe per chance maybe accommodate handiest an target audience of 1,700.)
For now, the 28 twelve months veteran is more than contented to teach his rush over an e-mail interview onboard Yvinec. “I first crossed the Atlantic leaving France from Brittany, stopped by Spain, Portugal, Madeira, Canary Islands then straight to the Caribbean,” says Guirec, explaining his route.
At the Caribbean, he worked for a twelve months to get his boat ready for ice, as he headed North through Canada, Saint Pierre and Miquelon islands, on to Greenland.
“After wintering in autarky within the ice, I sailed during the Northwest Passage below the Arctic Circle, and grew to alter into the youngest sailor to detestable it with none aid,” he says. Subsequent discontinuance, Alaska, adopted by San Francisco, sooner than surroundings fly on a long stretch through Cape Horn, Antarctica, South Africa, Brazil, French Guiana, the Caribbean again and assist to France.
Monique, within the meantime, had no complications with the swinging of the boat and used to be out and about more most steadily than no longer. “She loves fish and at the moment change into very superb at catching the flying fish on the deck,” says Guirec. The the relaxation of the day for Monique used to be spent at leisure as she sat assist taking within the scenes and observing her pal originate the entire labor.
All the plan during the voyage the two spent the nights on Guirec’s boat, as antagonistic to in Canada, the keep the hull wished to be mounted. Guirec by no manner planned how long he would dock at each city. But he used to be involved in spending about a months, at Saqqaq in Greenland.
“The thought used to be to use the Arctic frosty climate trapped within the ice. By that I point out, the boat caught within the ice. I selected a a lot off bay and dropped anchor ready for the ice floe to plot around the hull,” he says. He had also willingly planned to be bring to a halt from civilisation without a meals as antagonistic to some rice, no communication or connection with anybody. The temperature used to be -60 stage Celsius and more most steadily than no longer used to be spent internal the cabin on board.
“I spent four months delight in that with Monique,” says Guirec. Luckily for him, Monique laid eggs your entire time. It used to be no longer easy to supply meals and his fishing during the ice did not moderately work out. He used to be told that a stressed bird would no longer give eggs. But given this globetrotting bird’s chronicle, she regarded removed from stressed. “She is a particular chick,” he says.
As he travelled, he paused at port cities to get money: fixing boats, giving kite-surfing classes, cleansing swimming pools and working at nautical seaside colleges. That is how he managed to pay off the port payment and take meals. Once the realm media started taking label of him, he used to be in a field to sell about a pictures that he shot of himself, Monique, the high seas and the atmosphere.
“The problem used to be to retain an eye on on my possess and protect on to my dream,” says Guirec, adding that he who had no abilities in crusing solo, nor in crusing removed from shore. “All people thought I was crazy to leave delight in that with a boat in wrong shape. But I am the happiest man within the arena to absorb succeeded and lived through it,” he says.
He’s already chalking out his next rush. “It’ll take deliver in 2021, on a sooner and bigger boat. But sooner than that, in November, I am crossing the Atlantic in a itsy-bitsy lumber boat. This time with out Monique.”