But first, let’s talk about us
Our names are Antoine and Laurane. We’re twins—brother and sister—and the youngest in a blended family with 5 kids. We live in Ste-Flavie, Quebec, right at the gateway to the Gaspé Peninsula. Our crew is made up of our captain, Christian, who is a computer tech-nician at the Cégep de Rimouski, and our admirable admiral, Sophie, our mom, who teaches high school students with difficulties. And then there’s our lookout, Calypso, a four-year-old golden-doodle.
Getting our feet wet
Back in the fall of 2008, our parents purchased a tiny Tanzer 22 on a whim. They called it Le BercEau. They had just met and had hardly ever sailed before, but they loved the freedom. After we were born in 2010, we naturally went along with them. We spent our summers at Lake Temiscouata, camping, cycling and sailing. In 2015, our parents sold the Tanzer, which had become too cramped, and bought a Mirage 33. They named it the Escapade. We have since sailed the entire St. Lawrence River, with our home port being the Rimouski marina.
All this time, without us knowing it, our parents were getting us ready for our next trip, which we will be embarking on in August.
They stopped saying, “One day we will sail away…” and instead set a date: 2022-2023.
In fact, Mom and Dad started preparing four years ago. They asked their bosses for time off, watched hundreds of videos by other adventurous families and attended online lectures. They also read a ton of reference books and bombarded other boaters who had made the trip or had similar experiences with questions. They even enrolled in courses and completed internships.
Last year, after one conference, they decided to change boats. That’s how we got the Callipyge I. It’s a Corbin 39. They wanted each of us to have our own cabin. We’ll be almost 12 when we sail the East Coast down to the Bahamas. (“Besides, kids our age need some privacy!” — Laurane.) So now we are gearing up for an entire year of exploration.