Episode 5 of The Sailing Podcast is part one of a two part interview with Claude Desjardins who has a wonderful story about small boat sailing and his journey started in 1979 in Montreal in his homebuilt yacht Pere Peinard. Claude had ordered some plans for an 18 foot Bruce Roberts designed trailer sailor and then he adapted them and built a formidable ocean sailing yacht. It proved to be a very capable vessel which served him well in his travels as you will hear about this in the interview.
Claude doesn’t see his trip as particularly special or legendary however I find it fascinating that he has sailed so far and lived for such a long time on a small yacht. His story really proves that you don’t need a big yacht or catamaran to go small boat sailing on the ocean. What is important is that your boat is sea-worthy and well prepared and that you just get out there with whatever budget you have available.
There are quite a few photos of Claudes trip on the internet and I have listed a few of these below in the show notes.
Click on the media player below to listen to episode 5
Episode 5 Show Notes
Here are some links to websites mentioning Claude:
Bruce Roberts Design Website
- http://www.bruceroberts.com.au/sail/r19.htm – there is a nice little article by Genevieve on this page
“Small is Beautiful” – article on Microcruising.com
“Famous Small Boat sailing” on Microcruising.com
A photo gallery that I found on Google
Claude has a YouTube channel at – http://www.youtube.com/user/Peinard79/videos and hopefully we can convince him to put some of his small boat sailing footage from the trip up there.
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Thank you for joining David and Carina on their journey