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Swiss solo yachtsman Bourgnon arrives in French Polynesia


Swiss solo yachtsman Bourgnon arrives in French Polynesia


With just a sextant, compass and a six-metre beach catamaran Swiss yachtsman Yvan Bourgnon completed the seventh stage of his solo around the world trip on Thursday.

The 42-year-old set off from Les Sables d’Olonne, France in October, sailed 10 000 kilometres across the Atlantic and arrived in Panama early February.

On Thursday Bourgnon completed a 20-day trip from the Galapagos Islands to the Marquesas Islands, in French Polynesia where he grew up as a child.

After a torrid time across the unforgiving Atlantic it was plain sailing in calmer waters in the Pacific, although he did break one of his rudders just after his departure.

Bourgnon will take a well-deserved 10-day break on the stunning island of Nuku Hiva for rest and repairs before setting off to conquer the rest of the South Pacific and the Indian Ocean.

Despite his staggering achievements so far the rest of his journey remains uncertain though as he continues to seek financial support after his main sponsor pulled out early in his trip.

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