Sail away with François
François is passionate about sailing and he loves to share his passion with travellers who board his sailboat. With his accomplice Frédéric, they welcome you and help you travel!
What is your motto ?
The goal is the way." Goethe: Live the cruise in the present moment, soaking up every second in this incredible space of freedom.
Your sailing style ?
Alternating bays at anchorage and small picturesque ports. You can take advantage of what all the islands have to offer: water activities, lazing around, walks to discover the atmosphere and the local people. In fact, I adapt to the wishes of the clients on board. A long time at sea and a change of island change every day for those who are crazy about the sea and sailing. There can also be alternate sailings and two-day stopovers for those who want to take their time. Everyone can go at their own pace. Some might want to have a look around the ports and visit a few places. While others may want to stay at sea, at anchorage so as to be closer to nature. The skipper's way is to adapt the programme to suit the guests aboard.
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?Everybody helps cooks
How did you become skipper ?
I started sailing at the age of 10 in La Trinité sur Mer (SNT) in front of the racing yachts. The sea has always been my dream. Then I discovered cruising. I did regattas and my military service in the Navy. I was sitting all the boating licences exams. I got my license. I rented a lot and brought friends to many places: Grenadines, Virgin Islands, Tahiti, Greece. This was done naturally. I was precise, organised, a good sailor, even labourer. I had my first sailboat in 1991, for ten years, in Trinidad. This is where I recruited Fred, my cabin boy at the time, today skipper of the Captain 200. We have been sailing for 20 years together. And you also know why Fred became a skipper too! After reselling my first sailboat, I bought this round-the-world ketch with a life project to spend time at sea, which I've been doing for 2 to 3 months a year for 11 years, in the Aegean Sea where I know of more than 50 islands. My plan is tour the world. Being a skipper allows me to share this pleasure of the sea and sailing with friends and strangers, while alternating between my activities. That's my life balance.
What people say about you?
Calm, reassuring (even at force 10 ... Which we absolutely avoid), full of humour, super chef, organised, perceptive and provide good explanations, flexible and warm.
Your best cruise memory
A stunning honeymoon with a beautiful and lovely mermaid. Vibrating in unison with the same emotions at sea is undoubtedly the ultimate pleasure. Right after: the descent to the Grenadines with two catamarans that I organised in 1994, two diving instructors, blocks, compressors and 15 friends ... A fortnight, which everyone still talks to me about even 23 years later. My recognition by others of my professional rigour (security and organisation) came from this.
In your opinion, what makes for a successful cruise ?
A precise and realistic cruise, with margins of flexibility, but especially adapted to the crew/guests. Good mood: aperitif, good food, laughs, exchanges, discussions. New experiences and unique emotions for the passengers: isolated anchorages, pretty little ports, nights on deck watching the shooting stars, discussions about life, meditative silences, seeing dolphins, eating what they have caught, forging links. It is successful when time expands, slows down, seems to suspend its flight ... When customers say they have let go, are rested and feel invigorated. When people are happy.