I don't know if I had mentioned the extraordinary story of a French postman that had a dream to circumnavigate?
He was 52 years old and like most of us with that age he worked. His job: postman, a popular one on the French back country. So he started to think how he could manage to circumnavigate and keep his job and found out that it had to be a non stop circumnavigation.
For that he had to work without any vacations for 4 hears to join the needed time to circumnavigate. With the 30 days vacations of the 5th year he would have 150 days. It had to be enough. So he was on schedule, to circumnavigate non stop in 150 days, not because he wanted to beat any record but because he could lose his job.
He had not much money so the best he could get was a 20 year old 34ft Jeanneau. It had to do.
Don't ask me how without vacations he managed time to prepare the boat but he was helped by the French sailing passion. Many helped him and the number of people that was on the port to see the unknown postman sail away was a proof of that.
His name: Alain Maigan, he did not make it in 150 days but on 185 days (26,100 nm) but it seems that the French post service did not fired him
Here you have a very nice movie about his story. It is in French but the images speak for themselves:
Now, it is not to expect that a simple non stop circumnavigation would be enough for such a character. His new project for next year with the same Boat?
A circumnavigation non stop by the wrong way, against the dominant winds : East to west.
He is looking for sponsors. If you want to help:
Alain Maignan 11 mois en Orbite autour de la Planète "Terre et Eau" contre vents et marées - Schouten de retour du Mille Sabords | alainmaignan.sportblog.fr