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Wednesday 18 January 2023

Suzuki Marine commits to the OceanoScientific Expeditions

Yvan Griboval, President of the philanthropic association of general interest OceanoScientific and Guillaume Vuillardot, Director of the Marine activity of Suzuki France, signed a long-term partnership for the OceanoScientific Expeditions 2023-2030 in the Parisian showroom of the brand of French luxury lingerie Lise Charmel, historical partner of the OceanoScientific association. This Suzuki / OceanoScientific partnership will include the supply of a Suzuki DF30A engine to equip the Vanguard inflatable dinghy designed to transport the scientific divers of the LOVE THE OCEAN catamaran to the exploration sites of the Eparses Islands (Terres Australes et Antarctiques Françaises - TAAF) in the Mozambique Channel, between Madagascar and Africa. "We chose this Suzuki engine because of its low fuel consumption and a unique system that allows limited CO2 emissions. It is also the lightest in its category. These are important criteria when we are in the middle of nowhere and the safety of the scientists diving depends on the quality of our equipment. Having Vanguard semi-rigid equipped with with Suzuki is a guarantee of reliability and efficiency. So it is an asset for the success of our innovative expeditions", declared Yvan Griboval. And Guillaume Vuillardot added "This partnership is consistent with our environmental program "Clean Ocean Project" aimed at limiting our consumption and discharge of plastic. One of its objectives is also to contribute to a better understanding of the Ocean to better protect its biodiversity. Thus, we are happy to help OceanoScientific to a better knowledge of the genetic data of marine organisms endangered by the Sixth Extinction".


From left to right : Yvan Griboval, President of the philanthropic association of general interest OceanoScientific 

and Guillaume Vuillardot, Director of the Marine activity of Suzuki France, in the showroom of the brand of luxury lingerie 

Lise Charmel, historical partner of OceanoScientific. Photo Lise Charmel / OceanoScientific


Cordial exchange in the showroom of the brand of luxury lingerie Lise Charmel, historical partner of OceanoScientific, 

between representatives of two companies mobilized on the theme of the preservation of the Nature in general 

and of the Ocean in particular. From left to right: Guillaume Vuillardot, Director of the Marine activity of Suzuki France; 

Olivier Piquet, President of Lise Charmel; Yvan Griboval, President of the philanthropic association of general interest OceanoScientific; Marika Doulas, Responsible for Communication, Marketing & Press of the Marine activity of Suzuki France. 

Photo Lise Charmel / OceanoScientific

Thursday 5 January 2023

Sir Ernest Shackleton for eternity 

January 5, the anniversary of his death in 1922 on South Georgia Island at 54° South and 36° West, is an opportunity to remember Sir Ernest Shackleton. Record-breakers will point out that it was the Norwegian Roald Amundsen on board FRAM (visible in Oslo) who first planted a flag at the South Pole, on the 14 December 1911; while the famous British, who was attempting to cross the Antarctic continent, wandered from 1914 to 1917: first on the ENDURANCE, then in a lifeboat, and finally on foot, once the 44-meter three masted schooner had been swallowed up on the 21 November 1915, by the ice of the Weddell Sea. And found by 3,008 meters deep on 9 March 2022 by the Endurance22 expedition, less than five nautical miles from the place estimated by Frank Worsley, its captain. Another extraordinary adventure! But for all the explorers who were more or less direct disciples of Shackleton and for a good number of long-distance sailors, Sir Ernest Shackleton remains THE reference, the one who brought back his 27 companions safe and sound, in incredible conditions that force respect for eternity.


The hunt for records, the quest for performance and the race for oceanic victories; as well as the conquest of emerging or submerged maritime territories; and the research for oceanographic successes, should not make us forget that when a commander, whether he is an admiral, captain, skipper or solo sailor, casts off, he is embarking on an adventure on the immensity of the Ocean. From then on, the rules of the Earth give way to those laid down by Nature. It is another dimension. Man comes closer to his original status, which made him an animal like any other at Creation. He is no longer the biped dressed with super powers of oversized urban cities, over-equipped, so computerized that they connect him to everything and anything.


Once at sea, the essential values that make a human being a sailor, or even a great sailor, are actually quite simple, including four essential values in no particular hierarchical order: Courage, Willpower, Humility and Humanity. To which we can add: Audacity, Combativeness and Resilience. And it is better to be smart, vigilant and reactive, than nincompoop, indecisive and passive. Besides, it is not only at sea that this is useful, because it is better to be an actor of your life than a spectator...


Then, in addition to the military objectives that we will not mention here for lack of knowledge of the subject, the result of the navigation: record attempt, competition, exploration, research, ... it will only be a consequence partially disconnected from the quality of the sailor's work, the finesse of the navigation. "How many regattas have I finished with the satisfaction of having "sailed clean" in terms of navigation options, maneuvers and tactical choices, without being at the top of the ranking", explains Yvan Griboval, President of the philanthropic association OceanoScientific and former professional ocean racing skipper, "and more than once I have gone for the cup without feeling that I have accomplished a performance worthy of the result obtained and the honors received"


Ernest Shackleton had the peculiarity, as generally all explorers - often considered as "conquerors of the useless" - of always running after the financing to assume the debts of a previous expedition even before financing the next one. But, at the same time, he generously distributed the proceeds of his conferences to charities. This illustrates the paradox of a state of mind that is definitely difficult to understand by the common people of Earth!


This great navigator is a source of inspiration more than a century after his extraordinary campaign of 1914-17. Moreover, several friends of the OceanoScientific association have set out on his tracks.


Let's first mention the expedition initiated and led by Luc Hardy, a Franco-American member of The Explorers Club: "À la poursuite de l'Endurance", carried out on board the sailing boat AUSTRALIS during the fall of 2014 with eight people from various backgrounds. It resulted in a book and a film directed by Bertrand Delapierre.


On board the AUSTRALIS, in addition to Luc Hardy, were embarked François "Ben" Bernard, polar guide and extreme skipper, David Hempleman-Adams, experienced explorer, Justin Packshaw, former officer, Ben Wallis, skipper of AUSTRALIS, Zoé Koenig, scientist and two young soldiers: Ollie Baindbridge & Keith Harbridge, not to mention Swiss snowboarding champion, wingsuiter and speaker Geraldine Fasnacht, whose images of crazy snow slides on the side of a volcano with a 50° slope leave you speechless. ..


Although made almost a hundred years later, with a group of skilled explorers equipped with modern equipment and the assurance of having potential assistance at short notice in case of serious problems, the film highlights the complexity of the journey made under Dantean conditions between Elephant Island and South Georgia Island. This is the route that Ernest Shackleton and five of his crew, including Frank Worsley, Captain of the ENDURANCE, took on board the lifeboat CAIRD to seek help for the 21 sailors abandoned to their sad fate on Elephant Island, condemned to the worst without the heroic determination of their leader.


Less extreme but not less remarkable is the expedition carried out under sail on SIR ERNST, a Boréal 47 monohull, designed and built by Jean-François Delevoye, who spent nine years in the Patagonian canals. Initiated by François Miribel & Fabrice Papazian, accompanied by Hervé Perrin and Philippe Gredat, the SIR ERNST drew a small line in the Mediterranean and a very large one in the Atlantic: from the Yacht Club de Monaco to Marguerite Bay, on the Antarctic peninsula (South of Cape Horn), discovered on the 15 January 1909 by Jean-Baptiste Charcot and named after Marguerite Cléry, the second wife of the great French Antarctic and Arctic explorer.


These two recent adventures of 21st century sailors have something in common with each other and with their illustrious inspirer. These three extreme navigations have allowed to carry out unprecedented scientific missions. Physical and chemical data collection on board the ENDURANCE, snow sampling and deployment by Zoé Koenig of floats for meteorological and oceanographic purposes, in particular Argo floats, on board the AUSTRALIS. As for the crew of the SIR ERNST, they collected bathymetric data for the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) in Antarctic zones that have been little or not mapped.  


We recommend reading the book: "Ernest Shackleton - Endurance" published by Libretto, translated by Marie-Louise Landel, with a preface by Paul-Émile Victor, illustrated with the exceptional photos of Frank Hurley, photographer on board the ENDURANCE, witness of this incredible human adventure.


As well as the books: "The Pursuit of Endurance" by Luc Hardy and "Sir Ernst - Plus qu'un voilier en Antarctique" by the crew of François Miribel and Fabrice Papazian.

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