Hi. My name is Olivier. Visitors or sponsors, welcome to my site. You are here for some serious stories of ice sailing in 2017 and to witness our preparations for a Nord West Passage from Est to West in the summer of 2018.
This is the story of one of a kind boat…..
The idea and the concept “ Breskell ” were born in the early 1984 from the close association of an architect, ma dad …
and my experience of the craftmanship as a shipwright. I combined that with 10 years of sailing experiences . At that time, I was voyaging with my former boat “Breur Bihan” .
which I drew and built myself when I was 19 years old. She was made of four layers of mahogany cold molded glued with “Resorsinol”.
Breskell is a much bigger boat. A real and confortable passagemaker.
The hull of Breskell is built over laminated frames spaced every 50 cm. Each frame is 50 x 60 m/m .
On the outside, layers of fiberglass clothes with epoxy cover protect the wood against abrasion.
Breskell is built of one layer of “ Niangon “ mahogany strip planking and 2 layer of “ grand Bassam” Mahogany 5m/m each, crossed at 45 degrees diagonal and cold molded with West System Epoxy.
The work started in March 1985. In September, the hull was done and turned over;
the deck side up.
In June 1986, Breskell was launched for the first time.
Breskell has a center board allowing her to go in shallow water, up to 4 feet, like the Chesapeake bay or the intra coastal waterway. But its 10’ down centerboard makes her a very seaworthy boat and comfortable at sea.
She is also built with twin rudders angled at 15 degrees. This specific design allows her to keep a strait course when sailing fast on the open sea.
That’s Breskell version 01.
My DEEP BLUE BRESKELL
Then we improved it during our Virginia stay.
That’s Breskell version 02. My “YELLOW BRESKELL”. We kept the twin angled rudders…
but we added a deck roof. modified the keel…
and added some nice features. Do you like this personalized epoxy made wheel ?
It worked perfectly with my windvane during a long crossing.
What about the frame supporting my wind generator and my solar panels? Epoxy made also…
Back to the water again
- Length: 51′
- Width: 15′
- Draft: 4′ to 10′
- Displacement: 12 Tonnes
- Mast: 58
- Engine: Perkins 84 HP , Model 4236
Since Breskell was built, we have been sailing from France to the Caribbean islands via Africa and United States back and forth .
With Breskell we made three Atlantic crossings:
one from Senegal to Martinique , one, my wife from New York to France via the Azores, the last one, single-handed, up to Chesapeake bay via St Thomas, US Virgin Islands. Here is a nice remembering of my solitary Atlantic crossing.
In the summer of 2017, I sailed Breskell to the Arctic via St John Newfoundland and up to Disko bay.
This is hight latitude sailing at its best…
including a sailing in the Ilulissat fjord…
Our next destination:
THE FAMOUS NORTH WEST PASSAGE!!!
Starts with a first step. My first step began with a bus ticket from Port Townsend. Five hours later, I reached the Seattle’s airport. St John, in Canada, lays just on the exact opposite side of the continent.
They « horse-dragoon » decorated Breskell and then played pirates during the winter. They had fun. What about their more “serious” North West Passage preparations?
Spring 2019 at last! Breskell is waiting for us in Newfoundland. I hope our Canadian friends took good care of her in the Royal Yacht Club of St John’s, the NF capital.
The reality …
12 June 2019