About a dream...
I was born in Japan, I left the country when I was only three months old, but ever since I want to return. To see Nagoya again. In september 1969 I crossed the Arctic by air to go to France. To return along this route by boat was a very ambitious project, but the magic of the Arctic and other remote areas have shown me, on previous voyages, to be a true temptation. Such strong and unforgettable experiences are the source for emotions which afterwards one will constantly try to relive.
Moreover there is this irresistable urge to discover, meet and mix with other cultures. It is time that peoples, isolated in the Siberian Arctic who live a life so different from ours, are noted by us. This long traverse of several months is the perfect occasion to testify of how man succeeds in adapting to his environment, even in a hostile climate and a politically and economically unstable system. A sailing vessel allows to give back some of the warm hospitality so often and spontaniously encountered when one travels.
So, it goes without saying that this project came to life little by little, and being supported by a crew and by absolute resoluteness.
Eric Brossier (summer 1999)
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