Ann Alé
26ft Ecume de Mer

My first boat was an Ecume de Mer. She is a French built from the Mallard shipyards. Her architect, JM. Finot designed two versions, one version from 69 and one from 73. Mine is from 73, but still the 1st design, she is 26ft long, 1.2m draft, 1.4 tons displacement.

About Ann Alé

10.000+ miles traveled

No satellite communication

No head, no fridge

13kts top speed

1 ocean crossed

Ann Alé

and I have shared quite a few years of travel, from when I got her in 2013 to when I sold her in 2019, we sailed dozens of thousands of miles and even more adventures.

Watch episode #24 for a tour of the boat:

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In April 2019,

I have sold the boat to go racing around the world (see my story). Jules, her new caretaker is enjoying sailing her really much, and despite how sad it was to let her go, I couldn’t ask for better than having someone sailing her and having fun on the water, sailboats are meant to sail, not to stay in a harbour.

the next boat to race single-handed across the Atlantic?

My next project is to race the Mini Transat, a race across the Atlantic single-handed on a one-design fleet.

The Mini 6.50 class is an incubator for innovation. Most of the technology and design concepts you find today in the IMOCA class have first been tested (and crash-tested) on a mini.

I chose to go for a scow, more powerful and stable downwind, the Maxi 650, from IDB marine, see more specs here.

Can’t wait to get on the water with this new toy to see what it can give. Until then, have a look at the surfs these tiny offshore beasts are capable of.

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