Sail away with Laurent

Laurent

Languages spoken

FR / EN / ALL / ES

Diploma

Capitaine 200 Voile - Brevet d'état de voile (French diploma)

Sailing zone

Who is 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.

All the cruises with this skipper

Laurent's photo gallery