CHABAUD Catherine

France

6 mai 2008.
 

Catherine Chabaud was born in Bron on November 29, 2006. After studying mathematics, she became a journalist and editor in chief of Thalassa Magazine. She lives in Brittany and has a passion for sailing. She dedicated a large part of the 1990’s to great ocean races, like the Vendée Globe in 1996 that she was the only woman to finish. She was widely acclaimed when she returned to Sables d’Olonne. She has crossed the Atlantic about ten times - four times alone - and has also sailed round the world non-stop. She has been accepted in the small community of navigators because of her energy and determination.

In 2002, she decided to stop offshore racing to dedicate her life to new projects most of which deal with the sea or the environment. She is a member of the jury for the literary prize of the boat show, and a member of the Conseil supérieur de la navigation de plaisance ; she also hosts a show on Europe 1 and has just published Femme libre, toujours tu chériras la mer in cooperation with Jean-Luc Garnier.

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Synopsis of Femme libre, toujours tu chériras la mer

This book does not only talk about offshore navigators like Maud Fontenoy, Ellen MacArthur or other ever more numerous contemporary women sailors. Whether they are fisherwomen, merchant mariners or in the navy, they all have one thing in common, and that is the salt water flowing in their veins.
For centuries, the sea was off limits for women even when women were their husband’s deck hands as in Brittany. More often than not, as soon as women went on board, they became the devil’s ballast or even split pulleys … In order to be accepted and eventually admired by the sea faring community, women needed to be very tenacious and to be great sailors. And it happened very gradually. There has been an acceleration in the process in recent years and women have integrated all sea related fields. Jean-Luc Garnier paints a portrait of about a dozen such women : Anne Bonny, Virginie Hériot, Isabelle Autissier, Florence Arthaud, Ellen MacArthur, Anne Liardet, Scarlett Le Corre, Hermine de Saussure, Ella Maillart, Anita Conti, etc. All of those women pushed back the limits of what was considered acceptable for women at the time. Several have had a major influence such as ethnologist Anita Conti who spent many a fishing season aboard Newfoundland bound fishing vessels and who described and photographed them with an unerring precision.

 

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Parfums de Rhum

Glénat - 2018

La Route du Rhum a le parfum de l’aventure, c’est certain, mais elle a bien d’autres parfums que la navigatrice Catherine Chabaud, aidée de Julie Bourgois, nous offre dans ce livre qui célèbre les 40 ans de la fameuse course au large.
Une arrivée au coude-à-coude entre Mike Birch et Michel Malinovsky, la disparition d’Alain Colas... Dès sa première édition en 1978, la Route du Rhum est devenue populaire et s’est très vite élevée au rang de course mythique. Depuis, parce qu’une traversée de l’Atlantique en solitaire au mois de novembre n’est jamais anodine, chaque édition a été le théâtre d’aventures extraordinaires marquant l’histoire de la voile.
Comme de nombreux coureurs au large ou plaisanciers passionnés, Catherine Chabaud a longtemps rêvé de s’élancer de Saint-Malo à Pointe-à-Pitre, avant de réunir les conditions du grand départ. À l’occasion des 40 ans de la Route du Rhum, la navigatrice partage cette fois le rêve d’un futur concurrent... Avec la complicité de Julie Bourgois, elle revient sur ses émotions du large, exhume les parfums des embruns, de la passion, du suspense, de la fraternité, de la peur, du bonheur... tous les parfums du Rhum.