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RIP Florence Arthaud

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She was a hell of an offshore sailor. I remember when she won the Route de Rhum on the 60' trimaran, Pierre 1er...and an interview where she said that she most enjoyed sailing in really heavy air, because she could reef the boat down and go to sleep, rather than having to keep tweeking the trim.

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This is just shit.

Media here are barely mentioning her. Her achievement was insane at the time, and is still insane now.

Sail on.

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Saw that, total bummer, she was one I always watched when I was a little gipper coming up.

 

RIP

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In '97 I watched her dock after blistering across the Pacific in the Transpac with Peyron. Amazing small athletic woman, in fact the whole French team ( I think there were just 5 of them) were small, wiry and gave off an image as sailor as athlete. They were the rockstars on that dock. We watched the daily reports of their progress and were in awe of their daily runs. If I recall correctly, they had done the delivery up from Panama, stopped in Long Beach just long enough to load food and fuel and get inspected...just minutes...and took off for Hawaii.

 

She was an integral part of setting a new standard for high speed sailing. And for opening the doors for many women who showed that skill was more important than brawn, even on huge, fast boats.

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So sad to see her go. She didn't deserve to go like this after all the sailing on the edge she's done.

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Good tribute and summary from the Barcelona World Race folks

The entire Barcelona World Race organisation is deeply saddened by the tragedy, and would like to extend their sincere condolences to the families and friends of Florence Arthaud and all those affected.

On November 18, 1990, Florence Arthaud forever earned her nickname as the “Little Bride of the Atlantic” when, aged 33, she arrived in Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe, as winner of the fourth edition of the Route du Rhum. Arthaud completed the prestigious transatlantic solo race in 14 days, 10 hours and 10 minutes onboard the trimaran ‘Pierre 1’. The journey was far from smooth – the autopilot and radio failed, and she had suffered a hernia during the race. But the victory made her famous across France and earned her accolade of ‘Champion of Champions’ by the French newspaper L'Equipe. Later that year she went on to set a new transatlantic record on the same trimaran.

Florence was the daughter of Jacques Arthaud, director of the Arthaud publishing house, which specialised in publishing the stories of adventurers, including mountaineers and great sailors. A serious car accident when she was 17 left her in a coma.

In 1986 whilst competing in the Route du Rhum, Florence Arthaud was diverted to provide assistance to Loïc Caradec. In storm conditions she was the first to locate Caradec’s catamaran Royale II, but with no signs of life onboard. Despite her grief, she resumed sailing and was able to complete the course.

Florence herself almost disappeared at sea on October 29, 2011. Sailing alone off Corsica, she fell into the water at night but managed to hold onto her mobile phone and call her mother, who raised the alarm. She was found and rescued around two hours later, conscious but suffering from hypothermia.

Florence Arthaud had sailed with many legendary French sailors such as Bruno Peyron. She had raced doublehanded with Barcelona World Race competitor Jean Le Cam, together taking second place in the Transat AG2R in 1996.

In recent years she divided her time between Paris and Marseille, but still could still be found passionately supporting ocean sailors on the pontoons. Describing herself she said, “I’ve lived the life of a free spirit and adventurer” while in Le Monde in 2009, Le Cam commented that: “She is still a monument.”

http://www.barcelonaworldrace.org/en/news/news/florence-arthaud-1957-2015

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....from Sam Davies,SCA..... http://www.volvooceanrace.com/en/news/8557_Remembering-Florence.html

 

I remember as a little girl one of the sailing pictures that I cut out of a calendar was this amazing picture of Florence looking really, really feminine on Pierre 1er which is her trimaran.

It did inspire me as a young girl, that you could be a girl and sail these amazing boats. I didn’t know who she was, or what she did - I didn’t know that she’d won the Route du Rhum or anything, it was just the fact that it was this beautiful lady on a trimaran.

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very sad. Didn't she sail back to rescue a fellow racer in overturned hull? while doing quick search, found this, lesson: get a waterproof phone.

 

link wouldn't post she fell overboard pleasure sailing, and called her mom to alert rescuers, think 2011

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A totally French woman. All the adjectives: Stylish, poised, confident, aloof...perfectly posed...right down to the cigarette.

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very sad. Didn't she sail back to rescue a fellow racer in overturned hull? while doing quick search, found this, lesson: get a waterproof phone.

 

link wouldn't post she fell overboard pleasure sailing, and called her mom to alert rescuers, think 2011

 

Yes, she fell overboard while taking a leak at night and the boat sailed on under autopilot. She was not wearing a lifejacket but had a new waterproof phone with her, so she called her mum. She was 2 hours in the water before the helicopter found her, suffering from hypothermia. She boarded a tug the next day to go and pick up the boat (and her cat that was still on board). She had also survived a very serious car accident when she was 17 that put her in hospital for 6 months and in rehab for 2 years.

 

Her win in the 1990 Route du Rhum was emphatic. First woman to win the race, beating Poupon, Bourgnon, Birch, Joyon and other worthies (including one Loick Peyron who had dismissed her as a serious competitor before the start); new race record despite major equipment and health problems during the crossing. The journos at l'Equipe had to eat crow.

 

The overturned racer was Loic Caradec on Royale in the 1986 RdR. Florence heard his distress call but by the time she reached the overturned catamaran Caradec had disappeared.

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Florence along with Isabelle Autissier were two Trailblazers that proved in the sporting world that they could not just mix it with but beat the men at a very physical sport.

RIP

Absolute fucking legend

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Florence along with Isabelle Autissier were two Trailblazers that proved in the sporting world that they could not just mix it with but beat the men at a very physical sport.

RIP

Absolute fucking legend

and Helen Mac Arthur (Route du Rhum 2002)

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Florence along with Isabelle Autissier were two Trailblazers that proved in the sporting world that they could not just mix it with but beat the men at a very physical sport.

RIP

Absolute fucking legend

and Helen Mac Arthur (Route du Rhum 2002)

 

Ellen MacArthur

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I got around to watching the BBC's Sports Personality Of The Year and nice to see FA remembered. RIP Flo

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