The coronavirus and containment will have shaken up many lives and projects, even the most united. A few months ago, we were telling you this cool story of four friends, Alexandre Allain, Thibaud and Romain Lévrier, Jérémy Boucaud, ready to embark on a tour of the Atlantic Ocean. The name of this operation: Ahoy, from the name of this salute proper to seafarers.
Raising public awareness
A simple boat trip? No, a human adventure to allow Alexandre Allain, 24, of Sarthoise origin, suffering from cystic fibrosis and lung transplant in 2017 at the Nantes University Hospital, to sail offshore.
? “Alexander wanted to demonstrate that even if you have this disease, you can surpass yourself, explains Thibaud Lévrier, contacted this week by phone. It was also an opportunity for us to educate the general public about cystic fibrosis and organ donation. “
A bet, even if the coronavirus epidemic has forced our browsers to confine themselves for several weeks to Les Saintes in Guadeloupe. “We have completed 70% of our program, it’s not bad! “
Meetings and interventions
“We left the port of Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie in Vendée on September 15 aboard our boat a Oceanis 411 from Bénéteau, continues Thibaud. We went to La Rochelle for the Grand Pavois show, where we gave conferences. “
Direction then Corunna in Spain, then Portugal and the Canaries. “Each time, thanks to embassies, the Alliance Française, businesses … we were able to meet hospital professionals, schoolchildren and increase the number of interventions. “
And then came the hour of the great crossing. Just before, Alexandre returned to France for medical examinations. Everything was ok. ? “ My breathing capacity even increased during this adventure, I went from 85% to 100%. “
In December, the crew left Las Palmas de Gran Canaria for a twenty-one-day long voyage to Martinique. “When we imagined this whole operation, I had never set foot on a boat! And after two years of learning to sail, I am on board for this long trip at sea which many sailors dream of much more confirmed than me. It’s an amazing memory. ” Shared by hundreds of patients awaiting transplant or cystic fibrosis patients. “It was one of our goals: to give them hope.”
? During a return trip to France in late January. Alexandre and Romain Lévrier met Brigitte Macron at the Élysée. She assured them of her support. “In Martinique and the Caribbean, we have continued our actions, recalls Thibaud. And then when we arrived in Guadeloupe, containment was announced. “
Alexandre returned to Sablé-sur-Sarthe alone to be sure of receiving the care he needed. The others stayed there. Next week, they will make their last decision: sell the boat on the spot or go back sailing. ?” But this obliges us to ensure many periods of fourteen at each stopover. And we have to go back to work! “