For a year, Yoann Perez, Elisabeth Fournier, Guillaume Perez and the dog Jackson sat on a 37-foot sailboat. your goal? Complete a double crossing of the Atlantic and document it on video all by yourself. That’s how the series came about take the windthe last episode of which aired last Thursday.
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They covered a total of 8000 nautical miles. A year full of adventures, challenges and memories that will be burned forever for the three young globetrotters who take their place on board blueberry. A sailboat so named in honor of the trio’s Quebec roots, who also liked the reference to blueberries, which are among the first to regrow vigorously after a fire.
“It’s lively, dynamic, human and simple,” explains Yoann Perez, 32, when asked to describe her 10-part series. We’re not professionals so it’s natural and pretty raw as a content, even though a production house gave us a great cut. »
Presented at Évasion, this series, which has become a logbook and memory album, has won over many adventure, travel and sailing fans. Animal friends too, while the Yoann and Elisabeth-trained couple’s dog, Jackson, “has become a real sea dog” – is responsible for bringing an absolutely cute side to this great trip.
“It was a childhood dream of mine to buy a sailboat and cross an ocean,” adds Yoann. Eli and my brother Guigui got on with me. Together we decided to cross the Atlantic, visit the islanders and see what is happening to the oceans. The TV and cinema side was part of my dream. »
This double crossing of the Atlantic took them from the Magdalen Islands to the Azores, then from Cape Verde to Guadeloupe, a country where the two French brothers spent part of their childhood and adolescence.
Yoann has collected a lot of memories and favorites from these crossings. Including: when he caught a shark with a fishing rod (and then released it), when a sperm whale came out of the water while the trio and even the dog were bathing in the ocean, and arriving on land “when the clouds are getting thicker and you see a piece of land,” he says.
As for his top 3 favorite adventures, he first insists on meeting people (“kindness, values”). Then the fact of seeing this Guadeloupe again 17 years ago, accompanied by his brother. Finally, the arrivals in cities that are different and euphoric because they were reached after real battles.
“We’ve experienced everything in this adventure,” continues the man about to set up his own specialized travel agency to pass on his passion. Love, difficulties, even death (a person we met during the trip died), surprises, animal encounters and successes: we lived it all to the fullest! We were not disappointed by nature! »
It’s that nature that Yoann – who says he’ll be open to other TV projects one day – is now putting at the center of everything. Fewer material and more human encounters, live simpler, make small gestures, consume less plastic, eat regionally and prioritize nature, which this year has welcomed them so well that they will never forget them.
►series take the wind will be re-aired on Évasion this summer.