Sail away with Jean

Jean

Languages spoken

FR / EN / ALL

Diploma

French certificate "Brevet d'Etat"

Sailing zone

Mediterranean
France
Who is Jean ?

Meet Jean, skipper and sailing instructor in Corsica and the Côte d'Azur. Jean has been teaching people how to sail for 20 years. He is still every bit as enthusiastic as ever to embark voyagers to discover, Corsica and the Côte d'Azur, regions that he knows and loves. Jean, always calm and instructive, will introduce you to the special rhythm of life at sea, and guide you towards some of the most untouched spots of natural beauty around.

What is your motto ?

« Un café d'abord ! ». Of course. Even at sea, it’s important to start the day right!

Your sailing style ?

Sailing is a life style. I like to go alone for several months... The rythme on the see is very different than on earth...

How do you handle the life on board ?

I explain, the crew participates if they want to

How does shopping work?

I can stock up on supplies before departure, or the crew can do it, it is up to them.

How does cooking work?

I do not cook

How did you become skipper ?

My father had a little 7-metre sailing boat in the Bandol area. I renovated it and prepared it to sail as far as possible for as long as possible. That was 30 years ago. After practicing coastal navigation from San Remo to Spain I decide that the best way to become a serious amateur sailor was to become a serious sail instructor. I got some qualifications, became a small boat instructor and started teaching in clubs. At the same time I bought a bigger sailing boat and honed my skills which took to me places ever farther away. It was magical! I went back to class to obtain a state instructor’s qualification and bought an even bigger boat to go even farther, for even longer. After taking a sports education course in sailing I spent several years running the Borgo maritime base. I became a trainer and examiner for the Sea Scouts, a school sailing instructor, and a boat restorer in Marseille. I ran several sailing schools, then created my own.

What people say about you?

Reassuring, instructive, organised, calm… well, at least the ones I didn’t throw overboard said that!

Your best cruise memory

It was during my first solo crossing to Corsica when the sun first rose behind the island and the silhouette seemed to be on fire. It was incredibly beautiful and moving. It was my reward.

In your opinion, what makes for a successful cruise ?

A success is when people start to take their time to discover what is around them, and discover the pleasure of sliding silently over the water. And when they learn that they can live without TV.

Your worst cruise memory ?

Ils sont à oublier, mais pas complètement afin de ne plus se retrouver dans ce cas de figure.

When you're not sailing...

I’m an enthusiast for sailing. But I’m just as enthusiastic about theatre and saxophone!

Reviews by our travellers

9 Reviews - (5/5)
(5/5)

The Skipper :Compétent, pédagogue, sachant s'adapter aux besoins et capacités de chacun. A la fois sécurisant et motivant, il sait tirer de chacun le meilleur. Un skipper d'exception... à suivre les yeux fermés!

(3/5)

The Skipper :Agréable et impliqué dans sa volonté de transmettre la voile et son apprentissage; très scrupuleux et ordonné dans la gestion quotidienne du bord.Toutefois des consignes contradictoires d'achat de vivres aux équipiers , en lieu et place d'une caisse de bord permettant une organisation collective et partagée.Pour ce qui concerne les escales aux ports, à chacune d'entre elles des tensions du fait de leur impréparation(pas de réservations...week-end du 15 août), arrivées à « l'arrache » et joutes verbales avec les personnels de capitainerie sauf à Hyères en fin de croisière.

(5/5)

The Skipper :Jean est un marin confirmé, dont la rigueur, le sens de l anticipation et la minutie avec laquelle il prepare la navigation et les manœuvres m 'a impressionné. On se sent en securité, et sa pedagogie traduit bien son enthousiasme de la voile; Sa personnalité forte, independante et son approche humaine, pour ne pas dire philosophique de la voile ne vous laissera pas indifferent. C est aussi un excellent technicien et connaisseur de la mer. J e vais y retourner, pour une croisiere plus longue cette fois ci.

(5/5)

The Skipper :Très sympa et très compétent.

(5/5)

The Skipper :Excellent! !!!

(5/5)

The Skipper :Jean est très à l'écoute et crée un environnement respecteux et apaisant. Très bon pédagogue également. Une vraie personnalité enrichissante !

(5/5)

The Skipper :Jean en un seul mot ? Euh... Personnage? Jean était super sympa, surprenant, connaisseur, et tres pédagogue

(5/5)

The Skipper :Si vous voulez partir en Côte d’Azur comme nous, on vous recommande le skipper Jean et son voilier !

(5/5)

The Skipper :Si vous voulez partir en Côte d’Azur comme nous, on vous recommande le skipper Jean et son voilier Fox !

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