Last Weekend at the Paris Boat Show

The second weekend of the Paris Boat Show attracted many visitors with a very crowded Friday evening when the show kept its doors open until 10pm.

Being invited to sign books on the stand of Voiles et Voiliers magazine is always an opportunity to meet people from all over the world, who either have been reading my books or following my adventures. Saturday morning I was visited by pupils from a local school, who wanted to know how they could become sailors themselves.

There was also a visit from my youngest fans, Lucien and Marius Gitton, who came accompanied by their six-months old sister Sophia. They had visited Aventura with their parents Natalia and Antoine before our departure from Cherbourg, and had been following our adventures at every step of the way.

By an old established tradition there was a reception of Allures, Garcia and Outremer yacht owners. The party was held on the stand of Le Grand Large, parent company of these three brands.

As a guest of honour, I talked about my recent Arctic voyage on board Aventura, a Garcia Exploration 45, and chose as a title “ It is never too late”.

That was indeed the message of my illustrated talk, that it is never too late to have a boat built and set off across the oceans.

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