DAMIEN • Captain and skipper
« My name is Damien, I’m 30, Belgian and I have been sailing for 18 years. Sailing instructor, member and skipper of ULYC, it’s on the sea that I feel best. Graduated in electromecanics, I’m ready to prepare Sanzaru for the big departure. I’m looking forward to begin this awesome adventure with my best travel buddy! »
ALINE • Media and communication guru
« Hi, I’m Aline, a 28-year-old Belgian who is passionate about photography and nature. 3 years ago, Damien introduced me to his world of sailing. Since then, I have been looking into the climate crisis and efforts to address environment protection and challenge, especially on oceans. I decide to dedicate my time to this cause and temporarily pause my career as an architectural engineer. »
SANZARU • Our lovely sailboat
« Built in Sweden in 1995, I’m a Maxi 1000 sailboat that has already traveled thousands of nautical miles. I have lived for a long time in the Mediterranean Sea and I just came back from a two-year journey around the Atlantic. Damien and Aline adopted me in May 2019. I’m looking forward to be restored to begin new adventures with them and make this awesome project come true! »
“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”
Sanzaru is a Maxi 1000, a 10m habitable monohull sailboat. Inside, you can find two cabins, a small kitchen, a chart table, a living room and a “bathroom” (without shower héhé). It is not a big sailboat but it’s really big enough for two people! It was designed by Pelle Petterson and built in Sweden in 1995. His specifications:
- Length : 10,20m
- Length in waterline: 8,20m
- Breadth: 3,25m
- Draft: 1,70m
- Length of mast: 13,30m
Length of boom: 4,40m
- Navigable height: 14,90m
- Deplacement: 4,5 ton
- Weight of keel: 1,5 ton
Hull material: polyester
Fuel tank: 65l
- Water tank: 90l
We made the choice of buying on old sailboat that was not in a really good state because our budget was not really high. We work hard during one year to make it ready for our expedition.
HOW DO YOU PRONOUNCE “SANZARU”?
One year’s work to prepare our sailboat
When leaving for a sailing trip, it’s best to leave well equipped. We had one year to be ready. This preparation was demanding because it concerns many disciplines: electricity, electronics, safety equipment, training and medical equipment, rigging, engine overhaul, weather training, carpentry, installation of a fridge, sewing, sanding, painting, administrative preparation, insurance …
We also had to install the equipment which allows us to take the microplastic samples for OceanEye. They must be done according to a specific protocol so that the data collected can be used for analyzes. The sailboat must therefore be equipped with, among other things, an anemometer which makes it possible to measure the force of the wind when collecting samples. The purchase of this equipment and the Manta Trawl, as well as training in Switzerland, are part of a sizeable budget necessary to be able to sample.
To leave in complete safety and reassure our two moms, we also needed a good preparation and suitable equipment: several distress beacons, an Automatic Identification System, a satellite phone to communicate with earth and to download the weather files, mandatory safety equipment.
“To estimate the cost of a sailing trip: make a detailed estimate of the planned expenses, then double it! ”