Sail away with Gérard
Initially a computer scientist, Gérard fell in love with sailing 20 years ago and has never left it.
He will share his passion for sailing with you on the one hand and his region on the other hand, from Cotentin, to the Channel Islands and to England.
What is your motto ?
Naviguer en voilier, c'est un retour aux vraies valeurs et c'est aussi l'occasion de se retrouver soi-même.
Your sailing style ?
I always try to adapt myself to the priorities and wishes of the client: a balance between navigating, learning how to sail, resting and stopovers to discovery islands, always focusing on safety. I try to make the most of the timing so that my clients can benefit from both stopovers and navigation. I think that we must above all create human ties and respect as much as possible the expectations of everyone._x000D_
As far as the organisation of life on board is concerned, I can look after the navigation, the essential manoeuvres, take care of the meals and the stewardship, but I also let others do it if they wish. In any case, I try to make everyone participate in something: be it driving the sailboat, making meals, or maintaining the boat, according to everyone's wishes and skills. Of course I am at the disposal of the team members to explain necessary and important information so everyone can participate.
How do you handle the life on board ?I explain, the crew participates in sailing manœuvres
How does shopping work?I take care of supply on board
How does cooking work?Everybody helps cooks
How did you become skipper ?
I became a skipper following a complete change in carer. Living in Paris, I worked in a computer service company for 20 years. Then, thanks to friends, I took part in a sailing course at Les Glénans. I was literally so passionate about sailing that I did so many sailing courses. Then came the desire to help others discover and so I decided to start teaching sailing to others in my quality of sailing instructor. I then graduated as a Merchant Marine Captain, then my Yachtmaster diploma and went to the Caribbean and the Mediterranean (Greece, and Croatia, which I know very well).
Five years ago I bought my own boat, a 12m monohull armed Merchant Marine. Since then I have been organising short sea excursions for beginners to help discover sailing, and also cruises of one week or more to train and discover exotic and exciting destinations such as England and North Brittany.
Besides, I continue to work as a skipper and accompany boat owners.
What people say about you?
In summary, that I am a good sailor, and that I have a very good sense of organisation and timing. In my region with strong currents and strong tides, it is necessary to be rigorous. In addition to this, one must be attentive and open to others.
Your best cruise memory
An early morning arrival on the English coast, a magnificent sunrise, after a rough night, heavy fog crossing the English Channel and the cargo rail. We all felt great relief and great satisfaction!
In your opinion, what makes for a successful cruise ?
For me a successful cruise is when there is a balance between discovery, sailing, stopovers and learning, and when the customers are happy. I try, as much as I can, to pass on my passion for sailing and a few of my acquaintances so that they want to come back cruising here or elsewhere or even buy their own boat! Because it is still with my sailing cap that I express myself the best. But the best cruises are definitely the ones when my passengers turn into friends
Reviews by our travellers4 Reviews -
The Skipper :Gérard est un skipper très professionnel est très calme. On a l'impression qu'il ne perd le contrôle dans aucune situation. Nous avons apprécié la simplicité chaleureuse, de la vie en équipe à bord jusqu'aux repas auxquels Gérard prêtait une attention toute aussi naturelle que de bon goût.
The Skipper :Skipper au top sur la sécurité et qui a une excellente connaissance de la région.
The Skipper :Gérard est un skipper attentif, posé, discret, très professionnel, rassurant. Il a su nous proposer une croisière sur mesure et digne de nos attentes. Merveilleux !
The Skipper :Gérard nous a fait participer dès qu’il le pouvait dans la limite de nos (maigres) compétences, et a tout fait pour que nous passions de super mini-vacances (conseils sur les balades à faire, apéros dans les pubs ou sur le bateau, etc.).