Sail away with Laurent
Meet Laurent, our professional skipper based in the Basque country. Set sail from Hendaye and bask in the spectacular Basque landscape. Laurent is also a passionate instructor and would love to share you the ropes.
While you're in the region why not stay longer? You'll find some ideas here.
What is your motto ?
Seek the truth. Your own and that of others. Don't make do with preconceptions.
Your sailing style ?
Je veux que le bateau soit accessible à tous et donner à chacun son plaisir d'être en mer, du néophyte au navigateur expérimenté. Le Grand Surprise est un beau bateau, polyvalent, on arrive à combiner pas mal de choses avec ce navire.
How do you handle the life on board ?I explain, the crew participates in sailing manœuvres
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 ?
When I was a child I sailed with my parents, then with my friends when I was a student. As a young man I started sailing across to Ireland and exploring its coastline, then I because an instructor at UCPA Croisière. In 2011 I decided to change career and make sailing my mainstay – the best choice I could have ever made. Now I have my own business and organise cruise-trips in the Basque country.
What people say about you?
That I'm calm, rigorous and methodical. And good with kids!
Your best cruise memory
Sliding silently into a spectacular bay with a gentle breeze and beautiful seascape.
In your opinion, what makes for a successful cruise ?
A cruise where sailing becomes an emotion (which doesn't mean fairground sensations) and when crew members get along well.
Your worst cruise memory ?
I don't really like bad weather where the boat pitches about too much.