The Jury for the ‘Personnalité de la Mer’ award, a highlight of Monaco Classic Week voted for sailor Catherine Chabaud who stopped competing in 2002 to devote her time to protecting the oceans.

The Yacht Club launched this award in 1992 and called it ‘L’Homme de la Mer’ which then became ‘La Personnalité de la Mer’ when it was given to Isabelle Autissier! The aim is to highlight achievements by influential figures in the maritime world, be it in competition or for the environment, science, safeguarding maritime heritage or the nautical sector in general.

First woman to compete in the solo non-stop round the world Vendée Globe race, Catherine Chabaud is very involved in the Climate Conference being organised by the French government in December: “It’s an issue for governments of course but also for all of us. We all have in common the fact that the oceans are our future, and it is imperative the voice of the ocean is heard on Paris 2015.”

 

A trained journalist she is skilled at communicating her convictions while her experience at sea speaks for itself: she fully deserves the honour bestowed on her by the YCM.

She founded Innovations Bleues, an association which last spring organised the Tour de France for the Climate initiative. From Monaco to Dunkirk with 10 stopovers, Catherine Chabaud aboard Amer X, an eco-friendly sailing yacht with 100% electric propulsion and packed with innovative equipment to reduce her impact on the environment met politicians, members of associations and sailing clubs to get them out sailing and spread the word.

 

Previous recipients:
1992: Nigel Burgess

1993: Professor François Doumenge

1994: Pierre Fehlmann

1995: Isabelle Autissier

1996: Eric Tabarly

1997: HM King Juan Carlos

1999: Prince Karim Aga Khan

2001: Grant Dalton

2003: Philip Plisson

2005: Carlo Riva

2007: Jean-Louis Etienne

2009: Mike Horn

2011: Jacques Perrin

2013: Sir Robin Knox-Johnston

 

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Catherine Chabaud: a seasoned sailor at the service of the environment

 

Competition:

  • Two solo round the world races non-stop (Vendée Globe 1996 and 2000), Catherine is the first woman to complete a solo non-stop round the world race
  • 13 Atlantic crossings of which four were solo
  • Two Figaro (solo), several Tour de l’Europe and Tour de France à la Voile
  • Winner of the Mini Fastnet and National 6.5m 1992, winner of the Fastnet 1999 (on a 60’ mono-hull)
  • Has not competed as a professional since January 2002 but as owner or crew member

 

In defence of the environment:

  • Catherine Chabaud contributed to discussions on the climate in the Big West
  • To raise awareness to a wider public and show that solutions exist, France Nature Environnement (FNE) is organising an event called ‘La Pluie & le Beau Temps’ as part of its ‘Refais le climat’ campaign. For three days from 25th to 27th September around 25,000 visitors are expected in Rennes on the Charles de Gaulle esplanade.
  • Founder-president of Innovations Bleues, an association which last spring organised the Tour de France for the Climate initiative. From Monaco to Dunkirk with 10 stops, Catherine Chabaud aboard Amer X, an eco-friendly sailing boat with 100% electric propulsion and packed with innovative equipment to reduce her impact on the environment met politicians, associations and sailing clubs to get them sailing.
  • 27th October 2010 she was made a member of the Conseil Economique Social et Environnmental
  • Grenelle de la Mer: the Minister in charge of Ecology and the Sea made her president of the mission to raise awareness, educate and communicate
  • As part of a sustainable nautical sports and development mission, she assisted in an appeal for projects for exemplary marinas.
  • Pôle Mer Bretagne: mission to develop innovative collaborative projects for offshore racing and eco-navigation.
Prochains évenements
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