Yvan Bourgnon is a navigator who, after winning renown in the world of ocean racing, launched on an around-the-world project in a sports catamaran without a cabin (Hobie Cat), solo and with stops.
He embarked in 2013 from Sables d’Olonne, crossed the Atlantic, the Panama Canal and then the Pacific. In August 2014, his boat crashed in Sri Lanka. Though the man himself was unharmed, his boat was completely destroyed.
We met Yvan while he was back in Europe with his team, looking for financing to rebuild his boat and complete this adventure.
We were drawn to the project immediately, sensing the strong parallel with our work and our way of doing things at June Partners: help businesses bounce back after troubles, relaunch their projects, find funding or get back to the basics to reestablish performance.
It wasn’t a matter of setting a record, but rather of performance in its purest form. Yvan wanted to prove that it’s possible to complete a round-the-world journey by going back to the basics of navigation: carefully preparing his boat, dealing with the elements, going slow while staying light and relying on traditional navigation instruments (sextant, compass).
For June Partners, supporting remarkable enterprises is also the incarnation of our desire to do consulting differently.
Yvan will leave again very soon from Sri Lanka, where the crash occurred, to complete his trip around the world in spring 2015 at Ouistreham Riva Bella. We will be there to celebrate this performance and the accomplishment of many years’ work.